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20,000 hospital deaths could have been prevented

18th March 2013

Professor Sir Brian Jarman, a government adviser, has said health bosses and MPs could have prevented 20,000 hospital deaths if they had moved faster following alerts about high death rates.


Sir Brian, who is the director of the Doctor Foster research unit at Imperial College in London,  said to BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "For the last 10 years there were about four [hospitals] who have had continuously very high adjusted death rates. And actually I sent to the Secretary of State in March 2010, Andy Burnham, a list of hospitals that had high [rates], and there are seven of the ones on the list that have just been mentioned."


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