Government to publish new data on health as part of transparency agenda

As part of the Government’s continuing commitment to open up public services and in advance of the Open Public Services White Paper, the Prime Minister today committed to publishing key data on the National Health Service as well as on schools, criminal courts and transport.

The new data will reveal clinical achievements and prescribing data by individual GP practices, the performance of hospital teams in treating lung cancer and other key healthcare conditions in an open format that can be used by all.

The new commitments, set out in a letter from the Prime Minister to Cabinet colleagues, aim to provide the public with more information about the performance of services they use every day, and to help drive modern, personalised and sustainable public services.

The Prime Minister’s letter commits the Government to publishing various new data sets, including the following on the NHS:

  • 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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