Annual health check of NHS trusts in England shows room for improvement

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 16 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2121
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    More NHS trusts in England are fully meeting the core standards set for their performance, but one in three are still failing in some areas, particularly infection control, according to the latest annual health check by the Healthcare Commission.

    Overall, the annual assessment of English NHS trusts against the government’s 24 core standards, including safety and cleanliness, infection control, and dignity, showed that only 64% (251/391) had fully met these standards in 2007-8. This represented a 9% rise compared with the previous year.

    However, one in four trusts (114) failed to meet one or more of the three core standards that relate to infection control, representing a small rise from the previous year. And only 52% of acute trusts met the target to reduce rates of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by at least 60% over three years.

    Mental health trusts showed particular improvement in meeting core standards, with 80% fully meeting them, a 13% rise compared …

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