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Clinical audit has lacked a national strategy and cooperation from GPs

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 05 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2422
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

    Clinical audit in England has been neglected and under-resourced but should now move to centre stage, the chairman of the National Clinical Audit Advisory Group, an advisory body to the NHS, told auditors at a conference in London this week.

    The group was set up to strengthen the existing programme of national clinical audits, to pull funding from those that do not work, and to support local staff involved in auditing. It will also guide the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme.

    Nick Black, the group’s chairman, said that current spending on education of healthcare professionals is £2.4bn (€3bn; $3.8bn) and research expenditure by the National Institute of Health Research alone is £800m but that only £8m is spent nationally on clinical audit.

    “If the main intention of all these activities is to improve quality of care,” he said, “I don’t think that reflects the …

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