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Proposals for 2008/9 assessment

20th December 2007

The Healthcare Commission has announced a concerted drive to promote compliance with the government’s core standards on healthcare.

The proposals are part of plans for the 2008/2009 annual health check, which leads to all NHS organisations in England getting a performance rating.

The minimum level of performance standards were set out by the government in 2004 and it has stated that, subject to legislation, the new health and social care regulator will develop a registration system for trusts that provide services.

The Commission will work with the NHS, strategic health authorities and Monitor to support trusts to reach compliance with standards for all patients by 2009, ready for this registration.

The Commission is consulting for 12 weeks on the proposals, which aims to maintain stability in the annual health check, while making the necessary modifications to reflect changes in the healthcare system.

An independent evaluation of the annual health check in 2006/07 showed that over 90% of the 220 trusts consulted thought that the assessment of core standards has a positive impact on patient care and over 80% thought the process focused trusts’ attention on the safety of patients.

Commission chief executive Anna Walker said: “We are now in our fourth year of NHS performance assessment and have listened very carefully to the feedback we have had from trusts.�

But she added: “We must however, ensure that the annual health check continues to reflect the things that matter to patients and the public.�

She said these included hygiene in hospitals and infections acquired during healthcare.

 

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