Squeeze on NHS has not yet resulted in worse care, report says

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 10 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6069
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The quality of care in the NHS in England is being sustained despite the drive for efficiency savings, the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation have found in a joint programme of research. But despite this reassuring conclusion they say that more could be done to reduce the number of emergency admissions to hospital, especially of older people.

The findings are the first to come from a collaboration between the two organisations, which plan over the next five years to keep a scorecard of quality in the NHS, assessing whether it is improving, stable, or declining by evaluating almost 150 quality indicators that cover the whole spectrum of health and social care. The programme, QualityWatch, will examine access, safety, effectiveness, …

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