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NHS care 'is improving'

Care in the NHS is improving but more attention needs to be given to patient safety, the Healthcare Commission's annual State of Healthcare report concludes.

The commission also called for more attention to be given to helping people self care and for better information to be made available for patients about their care.

The State of Healthcare report praised the NHS for achieving significant reductions in waiting times, including for care in A&E and for outpatient appointments.

GPs were also providing more appointments at short notice and improving access to levels broadly on a par with other developed countries.

Quality of care, helped in part by the quality framework, was also getting better.

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