An inspectorate for the health service?

  title={An inspectorate for the health service?},
  author={John . Oldham},
  pages={896 - 897}
  • J. Oldham
  • Published 11 October 1997
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • BMJ
Imagine yourself being listed for a day case procedure, organising work and home around the date, arriving anxiously at the ward only to be turned away. The reason? Your body mass index does not meet that hospital's criteria. This happened last week to one of our patients. The clinical decision may have been correct but the process of care failed. It is the cumulative effect of such instances together with knowledge of the wide variation that exists in clinical outcomes for similar cohorts of… 
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