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Hospital accreditation is important

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:674
  1. Richard Rawlins (, chairman, Health Quality Service advisory council
  1. Bedford General Hospital, Bedford MK42 9DJ

    EDITOR—Essex believes that awards such as the Charter Mark and the King's Fund organisational audit are merely “administrative baubles” and a waste of time.1 I cannot speak for the Charter Mark award but must point out that the King's Fund organisational audit was reconfigured as the Health Quality Service in 1999; I am chairman of its advisory council.

    The Health Quality Service is just that: a service for those who seek to use modern methods to improve the quality …

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