Hospital death rates to be published for England

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 13 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1767
  1. Warden John, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Comparative mortality rates for NHS hospitals in England are to be published in October, the health secretary Frank Dobson announced this week. The move has been contemplated for over a year but has been accelerated by the case in Bristol, where death rates of children after heart surgery were unacceptably high (6 June, p 1691).

    Mr Dobson has decided that reassurance to patients …

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