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Jowell raises the bar on healthcare with AJ100 Breakfast Club announcement-

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has unveiled the latest bid to improve design quality in the public sector.

Speaking at the AJ100 Breakfast Club in London this morning, the cabinet minister revealed CABE's latest campaign, called Designed with Care, which aims to force up standards in healthcare architecture.

While the campaign will also look at large-scale hospital design, the main focus will be on smaller projects, such as primary healthcare centres and buildings for the treatment of people with mental illness.

'Design of housing is still woefully poor in many cases,' said Jowell, 'but also in some healthcare projects. We are lagging behind places like Spain and we could be setting ourselves up for a fall.

'This is why today I am delighted to announce CABE's latest campaign, Designed with Care. It will raise standards in healthcare design.'

The campaign will be launched with a new report of the same name, which will come out later this week. It assesses where healthcare design currently stands in the UK and where it ought to be.

The study deals with healthcare design in a manner similar to that used by CABE in its reports on housing, such as Better Housesand Delivering Great Places.

See Tessa Jowell's full speech here

by Ed Dorrell

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