Reid reduces targets for NHS

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:363
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The health secretary, John Reid, launched a consultation paper this week proposing 24 broad “quality objectives” for the NHS to replace the hundreds of standards, targets, and guidance rules currently in existence.

    But contrary to media predictions, he did not announce an end to the star rating system for hospitals.

    Explaining the move, he said: “We are now nearly half way through our 10 year NHS plan, and in four years' time the vast majority of our present targets will …

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