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Patients' satisfaction with the NHS is growing, survey shows

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1292
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    At a time of growing concern about the future of the NHS, patients' satisfaction with the care they get in hospital has risen, shows the latest survey by the NHS watchdog body, the Healthcare Commission.

    The survey, of more than 80 000 inpatients in 169 trusts in England, found that 92% rated their care as excellent, very good, or good. The previous year this percentage was 90%.

    Nearly four in five patients (79%) said they were always treated with dignity and respect. Furthermore, the number waiting more than four hours to be admitted to a ward or bed from emergency departments has dropped.

    The survey, which …

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