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“No star” NHS trust slated by CHI report

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:504
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    A trust which was given a “no star” rating for its performance by the Department of Health in September has come under attack again—this time from the Commission for Health Improvement.

    A commission report, published this week, criticises the Brighton Health Care NHS Trust for the long waits in accident and emergency, the poor environment for women in the breast screening clinic, and its system for admitting patients for elective surgery.

    Occupancy rates are so high that patients have to phone the hospital in the afternoon on the day of admission to see if a bed is available for them that night, it says. Sometimes they have to wait until …

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