NHS care has 'long way to go' - Cameron
The new Friends and Family Test will act as a "flashing light" to show where NHS care needs improvement, David Cameron has claimed.
The Prime Minister said the test - in which patients are asked a question such as "How likely are you to recommend our ward to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?" - would help the Government meet its priority of improving care standards in 2013.
He told Radio 5live: "I first saw it working in Salford at an excellent hospital with really good standards of care; they are very proud of their friends and family result and they put it on the door, and on the notice boards, and the wards of the hospital. It can act as a flashing light, if the numbers start to dip down you see a problem and then you know you need to do an investigation."
Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said: "If David Cameron really wants to give patients the best care, he should step in to support the NHS front-line, stop the job losses and ensure that every hospital in England has safe staffing levels."