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Major NHS survey finds care standards are improving but medication information is poor

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2729 (Published 21 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2729
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The NHS is showing marked improvements in cleanliness and in reducing mixed sex accommodation, a survey published this week has found.

    Patients gave a mixed but overwhelmingly positive review of the health service in the Survey of adult inpatients 2009, published by NHS regulator the Care Quality Commission. However, a few problems persisted.

    The survey of NHS hospital inpatients in 162 hospital trusts in England was carried out between September 2009 and January 2010. Views were gathered from 69 000 patients who were discharged from hospital before the end of August 2009.

    Results indicated that improvements have been made in cleanliness and mixed sex accommodation is in decline, but more action is needed …

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