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Regular inspections of NHS trusts to be dropped, in favour of self reporting

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 31 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:748
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    NHS trusts in England will no longer be subjected to week long inspections every three years unless there is evidence of a problem, under new rules for assessing healthcare services launched this week by the Healthcare Commission.

    Instead all health service providers will have to publish annual figures showing how they performed against standards and targets set by the government. These performance figures will be compared across hospitals to form a league table, although the star ratings …

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