Access targets should not just be for GPs

The new NHS Outcomes Framework should measure access to all NHS services, not just primary care, the King's Fund has said.

In response to the publication of the NHS Outcomes Framework, in which A&E targets and ambulance response times were scrapped, King's Fund director of policy Anna Dixon called for indicators of timely access to be replicated across sectors.  

GPs remain under pressure to offer extended hours and 48-hour advance appointments, with access monitored using patient surveys.

The King’s Fund said in a statement: ‘It is worrying that timely access to services does not feature in the NHS Outcomes Framework, other than in respect of access to GP services.

‘Timely access is a major concern of patients, and early detection and intervention are vital for both prevention and improving outcomes.’

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said the waiting-time targets will be replaced with a set of clinical indicators that 'genuinely measure quality.'

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus