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13
Mar

‘Transparency at heart of new NHS’


Tim Kelsey, director for patients and information at the NHS Commissioning Board, says that the new NHS must ensure that transparency will be its central operating principle.

“Transparency of outcomes not only saves lives, it is a basic human right. But the NHS cannot answer basic questions about the quality of services it provides such as how many people are receiving chemotherapy and with what outcome. Until we can answer that kind of question routinely and with accuracy, we will not measurably improve patient outcomes,” he writes in a column published on the BBC News website.

Kelsey says transparency is central to keeping the NHS “at the cutting edge of science and innovation” and help people take greater control of their health and wellbeing.

“We should not oversell transparency as a panacea. But it must become the defining characteristic of the NHS: the future must be open,” he says.

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