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NHS trusts don't meet standards expected for children in hospital

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:443
  1. Robert Short
  1. London

    NHS trusts in England are struggling to meet the standards of services for children in hospitals laid down by the national service framework for children. This is the conclusion of a review of hospitals' services for children by the Healthcare Commission, England's health watchdog.

    The review, which the commission carried out in 2006, looked at 157 NHS hospital trusts, two primary care trusts, and one partnership trust.

    Overall 75% of trusts were rated “fair” or “weak” for the services they provide to children. Just 21% were rated as “good” and 4% as “excellent.” The six service types assessed in the review were emergency care, day case care, outpatients' services, inpatients' care, emergency surgery, and planned surgery.

    The review found that many hospitals are not systematically …

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