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Patients 'highly rate their A&E'

Almost two-thirds of patients would be "extremely likely" to recommend the A&E ward in which they were treated to friends and family, according to a new "friends and family" survey designed to highlight the levels of care in England's hospitals

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Hospital ratings test 'milestone moment' for NHS

A new test designed to shine the spotlight on poor care, and due to be published today is an "historic" moment for the NHS, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said today.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Credit: Neil Hall/PA Wire

Mr Hunt added: "We will eventually know what patients think about almost every ward, at every hospital, across the country. This simple test will throw a spotlight on both good and poor care, and sends a clear signal to every NHS organisation that patients must come first every time.

"This milestone moment is a key plank in our wider campaign to make sure that patients' voices are heard at every level of the NHS. Sir Bruce Keogh's recent review placed particular weight on patient feedback, and the CQC's new inspections will have patients playing a central part."

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