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Diagnostics improvement call

25th August 2006

30062006_DoctorWithChestXray1.jpgFollowing a national review the Healthcare Commission (HCC) has called for further improvement in NHS diagnostic services.

The HCC found improvements in many areas of diagnostic services, but also wide variations in performance including unacceptable waits for scans at some hospitals. 

It warns that delays in diagnostic services such as scans and x-rays could prevent some trusts in meeting the Government’s target of a maximum of 18-weeks wait from referral to treatment. There are more than 30 million imaging examinations per year and the 175 million pathology requests are vital to 60% of medical decisions. The number of endoscopies is growing rapidly.

Sixteen hospital trusts scored the highest rating of “excellent? and 15 scored the lowest of “weak?.  Sixty one trusts got a rating of “good? while 61 were “fair?. 

All acute trusts have had access to the comparative data used for this review since March and individual tailored recommendations and action plans for improvement have already been agreed with many trusts.

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Article Information

Title: Diagnostics improvement call
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 718
Date Added: 25th Aug 2006

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Care Quality Commission

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