HC: The Healthcare Commission) said it would carry out a thorough check of NHS trusts’ public declarations on whether they meet the government’s standards for healthcare. The boards of all 391 NHS trusts have declared whether their organisation met the necessary level of performance during the year to March 31 2008.
Patients and the public can see & comment on what local trusts say about whether they measure up against 24 core standards (with 44 parts) in areas like safety, clinical effectiveness and patient focus. The Commission claims that it will take a view on whether the declarations are accurate, but only after carrying out a rigorous cross-checking exercise. It holds some 1,700 items of data, including information from over 30 different bodies. The NHS annual performance ratings for 2007/2008 will be published on 16 October 2008.
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