Short term measures to meet NHS targets cannot be sustained

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1229
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Some hospitals have met government targets on waiting times and care of patients by the skin of their teeth and a large amount of financial cunning, but they will find it hard to maintain their performance for another year, says a report from England's public spending watchdog.

    The star ranking system should be revised because several two star and three star hospitals lacked capacity and needed support

    Although hospitals and primary care trusts have cut the time that patients wait for a GP consultation, hospital appointment, or operation, they have done so by diverting money earmarked for other services, such as computers, medical equipment, and building maintenance, says the Audit …

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