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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.

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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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