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NHS improving—but could still do better, admits health secretary

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1158
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. BMJ

    The overall performance of the NHS has improved substantially, says the NHS chief executive, Nigel Crisp.

    But the health secretary, John Reid, accepts there is still room for improvement: “Progress is being made fast and visibly, but we have still a long way to go,” he said.

    Mr Crisp's annual report, published last week, covers the period from March 2003 to March 2004. The chief executive said that the number of people waiting more than six months for inpatient treatment had fallen by just under 60%, from 189 054 to …

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