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Hospital death rates to be revealed

21st March 2013

New data has revealed that a significant number of district general hospitals in Wales have higher death rates than expected.

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Welsh government statistics have revealed that 11 out of 17 district general hospitals in Wales have higher mortality rates than perhaps there should have been.

Warnings have also been issued over the way data, which is part of a drive to make the NHS more transparent in the wake of the Stafford Hospital scandal, is being collected making it difficult to properly interpret the figures.

Five out of six local health boards in Wales had higher scores than should be expected under the NHS's system to measure mortality rates.

The higher Risk Adjusted Mortality Index (Rami) data Wales, they said, may be part due to collection problems rather than poor patient care.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The Welsh government is committed to transparency on performance and to improving access to NHS information.

“As from today, anyone in Wales can view a measure of hospital mortality data on local health board and Welsh government websites.”

A Rami score of 100 is considered normal, while over that could be an indicator that the number of patients who are dying is higher than should be expected.

 

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