More questions than answers in Mid Staffs mortality investigationBMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1173 (Published 05 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1173
- 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 …