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Government proposes “Ofsted style” ratings for CCG services

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5839 (Published 30 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5839
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government has announced plans to introduce new “Ofsted style” ratings for healthcare in England, promising patients much greater access to information on how their local NHS services are performing. Other changes announced by the government will mean that patients can rebook hospital appointments without needing another referral from their GP, thus freeing up an estimated 2.5% of all GP appointments.

Doctors’ leaders, however, have questioned whether the ratings (similar to those used by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, to rate schools) will lead to an improvement in care or give an accurate picture of services locally.

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced the changes in a speech on 29 October in London, saying that from next year …

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