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Waiting times fall, but hospitals are still dirty, survey of patients shows

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:435
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Patients in England are not waiting as long as they used to for emergency treatment and outpatient appointments, say two major surveys carried out by an independent healthcare watchdog.

    However, patients are still unhappy about the standards of cleanliness in hospitals and would also like more information about their treatment and possible side effects of drugs they have been prescribed.

    The surveys, conducted by the Healthcare Commission, were carried out in all 153 acute …

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