Healthcare Commission publishes NHS ratings16th October 2008
The Healthcare Commission has urged the NHS to "root out" remaining pockets of poor and mediocre performance.
In its annual NHS performance ratings, the independent watchdog notes trusts are improving the quality of services and managing money more effectively but it wants to see all trusts reach the standards of the best in the country.
Ratings were given to all 391 NHS trusts in England in the commission’s third annual health check, with trust required to meet a broad range of measures in areas that matter to patients including safety, waiting times, infection control and health outcomes.
For quality of services, 100 trusts (26%) were "excellent", 139 (36%) were "good", 132 (34%) were "fair" and 20 (5%) were "weak".
Two years ago, only 41% were excellent or good, while 59% were fair or weak.
For use of resources, 94 trusts (24%) were "excellent", 145 (37%) were "good", 132 (34%) were "fair" and 20 (5%) were "weak". Two years ago, just 16% were excellent or good, while 84% were fair or weak.
Commission chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said: "Patients and the public should celebrate these results as they show a real shift in performance. Over the past two years, in almost every part of the country, we have seen the number of trusts rated ‘good' or ‘excellent' expanding and the number rated 'fair' or 'weak' shrinking."
However, he warned that performance was not universally good and that some trusts were still not doing all they could to sustain the drop in rates of infections such as MRSA.
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Title: Healthcare Commission publishes NHS ratings
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 8783
Date Added: 16th Oct 2008