Two incorrect assertions about study of hospital standardised mortality ratios in the West MidlandsBMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1088 (Published 05 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1088
- Mohammed A Mohammed, research fellow1,
- Richard J Lilford, professor1
- 1University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
The series of BMJ articles on hospital mortality statistics and Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust underscores the complex issues involved.1 2 3 Hawkes and Godlee make two key assertions about our work.
Firstly, that there was a conspiracy in the West Midlands to discredit hospital standardised mortality ratios (HSMRs)—this is fiction. The medical director of the West …