British government launches performance framework

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:327
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    Teams of doctors and managers will be sent into failing hospitals, and league tables of various clinical indicators will be published in an attempt to improve clinical performance, the government has announced.

    Launching the new national performance framework, which was heralded in the recent white paper for England, health minister Alan Milburn said: “If targets aren't met then there will be sanctions to penalise failure just as there will be incentives to reward success. In the new NHS, where performance is not up to scratch, there will be rapid investigation and, where necessary, intervention. Failure will not be tolerated.”

    The framework document, which …

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