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Hospitals still don't do enough for patients' privacy and dignity

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:730
  1. Stephen Pincock
  1. London

    Care in hospitals in England and Wales has improved significantly over the past four years, but the quality of service received by patients still depends too much on where they live, the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) has said in a report.

    The report says that hospital care is now more focused on the needs of patients and that progress has been made in reducing waiting times in emergency departments and for outpatient appointments.

    “Significant improvements have been made in hospital trusts in the four years since CHI began reviewing the services they provide,” the commission's acting chief executive, Jocelyn Cornwell, said in a statement. …

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