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Moving to new data standards will be “traumatic” for the NHS but is vital because “we are really struggling to measure and understand the activity at the front door of our hospitals,” a senior NHS England figure has said.
A leading doctor who served on an NHS England group tasked with designing new child cancer standards has told HSJ that changes to soften the proposals were “insisted on” by its officials.
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay