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Watchdog brands two thirds of NHS trusts as “fair” or “weak”

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:769

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  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Many staff working in the NHS in England will feel under attack this week after publication of the first and highly critical annual “health check” by the NHS standards watchdog.

    The Healthcare Commission was about to publish its health check as the BMJ went to press. The report presents the most comprehensive assessment ever of NHS performance and will give a more detailed picture than the previous star rating system.

    The NHS needs to “raise its game,” concludes the report, which rated 570 NHS trusts in England on a four …

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