STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

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Fears that hospitals are covering up death rates

Hospitals have been accused of “fiddling” their death rate figures by claiming patients were terminally ill, after new figures showing dramatic changes in the way mortality is recorded. The NHS data shows a five-fold rise in the proportion of deaths being “coded” so that they barely count towards hospital mortality statistics – with some trusts now recording one in three deaths as a “palliative” case. Last night experts said they were troubled by the “deeply concerning” trends, fearing hospitals could be hiding the fact patients had suffered poor care which contributed to their death. They said the scale of the misreporting was such that it could even hide “another Mid Staffs” scandal. Every NHS hospital has to collect and publish data showing how its death rates compare with what would be expected.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10728189/Fears-that-hospitals-are-covering-up-death-rates.html?fb

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