What national leaders say about the out of hours benchmark
"To help PCTs and providers improve quality and productivity of OOHs and reduce local variation, the Department commissioned the Primary Care Foundation to develop and support a benchmarking tool. To date around 90 PCTs have signed up to participate. We have had good feedback on the value of this exercise. I strongly encourage those who have yet to join this benchmarking exercise to do so."
David Colin-Thomé, National Director, Primary Care - Letter to all PCTs, 2nd October 2009
“A successful benchmark will help us celebrate the success of a service that supports over 8 million people a year and could offer fresh ideas for extending access in primary care and delivering consistent high quality care around the clock – key drivers for world class commissioning of the future”.
Michael Dixon, Chairman, NHS Alliance.