Two-thirds of Nursing Times readers who answered a snap poll last week do not think the Friends and Family Test is a useful measure of patient experience.
In our online Poll of the Week 34% answered “yes”, when asked whether they thought the rest was beneficial, but 66% answered “no”.
Our question follows findings the publication by the government of the first set of results from the new Friends and Family Test on 30 July.
The test covered around 4,500 NHS wards and 144 A&E services, and is intended to allow hospital trusts to gain real time feedback on their services down to individual ward level.
Most patients who took part in the test said they would recommend accident and emergency, and inpatient wards to their relatives but response rates varied significantly.
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