David Cameron aiming to enhance British healthcare

25 May 2012

Prime minister David Cameron is looking to improve healthcare in the UK with the help of a new rating system regarding NHS hospitals.

At the moment, staff members of the NHS are being encouraged to take part in a "family and friends" test, which determines whether they would recommend a hospital to people close to their heart.

However, Mr Cameron is intending to announce today (May 25th) that the strategy be extended so that patients can give their views about healthcare in the UK too.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Conservative leader will state: "In every hospital, patients are going to be able to answer a simple question: whether they’d want a friend or relative to be treated there in their hour of need."

The strategy was first suggested in the Nursing and Care Quality Forum, which the prime minister introduced earlier this year in the hope of enhancing how the NHS is run.

When it comes to effectively treating patients, recent research by Brigham and Women's Hospital suggested that doctors who dictate their patients' notes are more likely to display a worse quality of care than medical professionals who use other forms of structured documentation.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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