NHS watchdog names trusts with outlier death rates

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 25 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3439
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The NHS’s watchdog body has published online the names of hospital trusts in England that were investigated in the past two years because of apparently high death rates. A total of 53 trusts were subjected to 87 investigations over the period.

    The data from the Care Quality Commission cover completed investigations it carried out between June 2007 and June 2009. The details include the name of the trust, the medical condition or procedure where deaths rates seemed to be high, what action the commission took, and the reasons why each alert was closed. Alerts could be closed because it was discovered that the data were faulty, because the trust was treating a high number of complex cases, or because the trust had taken …

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