Darzi review: Annual “quality accounts” will help improve services and increase choice for patients, says Lord Darzi

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a646
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    A complex and wide ranging network of information gathering systems is being developed to support the drive to improve quality across the NHS—the backbone of Ara Darzi’s next stage review.

    From April 2010 all healthcare providers working for the NHS will be legally obliged to publish “quality accounts” on safety, patients’ experience, and clinical outcomes, in the same way that they publish financial accounts.

    The accounts will augment the government’s agenda on choice by giving patients information—accessible through NHS websites—on all health services in England, to help them decide where to be treated.

    “By measuring this quality across …

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