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Partnership publishes data on patients who repeatedly use hospital services

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:384
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. London

    A new joint public-private scheme to provide data on the quality of health and social care services could end the NHS's poor record on using information about its own practices.

    That was the message from the health minister Norman Warner at this week's launch of Dr Foster Intelligence, a partnership between the NHS's Health and Social Care Information Centre and the health research company Dr Foster.

    The Department of Health has paid the private firm £12m ($21m; €18m) to set up the scheme, which will see 50% of profits going to its shareholders and 50% ploughed back into public services.

    “We have got a lot of information in the public sector, but we are not always terribly good …

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