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A trust which received a mixed account from the Commission from Health Improvement's clinical governance review is to carry out a review to compare CHI's findings with those in a new report from the Health Quality Service.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals trust hopes to bring together the findings from the reports in an attempt to streamline its performance agenda. The trust says that while it expects the findings from CHI and HQS to be 'broadly similar', it sees HQS as taking a more positive approach.

Its action comes soon after health secretary Alan Milburn announced plans to bring together the work of CHI with the government's own star-ratings system to create a single performance measure. His comments followed concerns about discrepancies between the two systems.

Jim Crawley, the trust's HQS programme manager, said Hull would be receiving its report 'anytime now'. 'We want to integrate the two to make sure we get the best from them.' He said the HQS reports are perceived as more positive.

'They are very much like a personal appraisal where positive aspects of a person's performance are emphasised.' Unlike CHI reports, HQS reports are entirely voluntary and paid for by trusts.

HQS chief executive Peter Griffiths said performance and quality assessment were in an evolutionary state in the wake of the Kennedy report on Bristol Royal Infirmary. 'I hope CHI, other parts of the NHS and organisations like ourselves can evolve into a more coherent system, which has distinctive but complementary parts.'