Letters Mid Staffs inquiry

More questions than answers in Mid Staffs mortality investigation

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1173 (Published 05 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1173
  1. David I Ben-Tovim, clinical epidemiologist1
  1. 1Flinders Medical Centre and University, Bedford Park, South Australia 5042, Australia
  1. david.ben-tovim{at}health.sa.gov.au

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 …

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