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News Release: Healthcare Commission

Date: 16/10/2008           Category: Medway PCT

News Release: Healthcare Commission check-up NHS Medway is pleased to see that it has retained its fair rating in the Healthcare Commission’s annual health check 07/08. For third year running the primary care trust has continued to provide an adequate service to patients, it has also continued to adequately manage its finances. The PCT was assessed as fair for quality of service. This area looks at how well the PCT performs in relation to Core Standards for Better Health and national targets. The majority of Trusts in the South East Coast were rated as fair. The Healthcare Commission looks at how well healthcare organisations performed in a number of areas. Safety and cleanliness, dignity and respect and good management were identified as areas of strength in Medway. Director of Finance and Assurance Jonathan Bates said: “We recognise some areas need further development and we will strive to achieve this next year. Action plans are in place to make improvements, and this work is progressing well. “Our staff have worked consistently hard to improve standards of care to all their patients. “The PCT as a commissioner is also working closely with those organisations that provide services to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to patients and residents of Medway.” Editor’s notes: The Healthcare Commission is the healthcare watchdog. Its annual health check is responsible for assessing and reporting on the performance of both NHS and independent healthcare organisations. The annual health check assesses whether general standards are being met on behalf of patients across the NHS. The annual health check consists of several components that are assessed and reported on separately. These components are brought together to produce an annual rating of performance for each trust. The Healthcare Commission has assessed the organisation in two elements – quality of services and use of resources.