- David I Ben-Tovim, clinical epidemiologist1
- 1Flinders Medical Centre and University, Bedford Park, South Australia 5042, Australia
One indication of the problems at Mid Staffordshire Hospital was a consistently raised hospital standardised mortality ratio (HSMR). Hawkes investigated whether the BMJ was used as part of a “concerted effort” to discredit the HSMR.1 Hawkes examined the actions of all parties except those of the BMJ itself.
The 19 March 2009 edition of the BMJ …