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New league table will drive improvements in hospitals and care homes, says health secretary

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8174 (Published 29 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8174
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

NHS hospitals and care homes in England will be subject to league tables similar to those used to rate the performance of schools, as part of a new drive to improve standards, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced.

Hunt said that the new system of ratings would work in the same way as those for schools produced by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), acting as an “engine for improvement” and giving patients more certainty that poor care would be spotted and dealt with “before standards collapse.”

Announcing the plans in a hard hitting speech at the annual conference of the …

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