New Government commitment on health data

The Prime Minister has come out today with some new commitments on opening up public services by making more data public. For the NHS the list includes:

•Data on comparative clinical outcomes of GP practices in England to be published by December 2011, following the lead of the NHS in London which has agreed a set of 22 indicators with local GPs.
•Prescribing data by GP practice to be published by December 2011, as per the Growth Review.
•Complaints data by NHS hospital so that patients can see what issues have affected others and take better decisions about which hospital suits them. This commitment will be met by October 2011.
•Clinical audit data, detailing the performance of publicly funded clinical teams in treating key healthcare conditions, will be published from April 2012. This service will be piloted in December 2011 using data from the latest National Lung Cancer Audit, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).
•Data on staff satisfaction and engagement by NHS provider (for example by hospital and mental health trust) will be published from December 2011.
•Data on the quality of post-graduate medical education by provider from April 2012.

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