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Health professionals question “star ratings” for NHS

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 03 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:236
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    The best performing hospitals in England are to be awarded up to £1m ($1.6m; €1.6m) each in the wake of government league tables published last week.

    The performance tables give 46 acute trusts a three star rating (highest rating), 77 two stars (“performing well”), and 35 a single star (“cause for concern”). Eight trusts are judged to be so poor that they are given no stars. Health secretary Alan …

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