Hospital revises its own data in government league table

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.615/a (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:615
  1. M M Wright, consultant anaesthetist,
  2. J G N Studley, consultant general surgeon,
  3. M Wilkinson, consultant histopathologist
  1. James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust, Directorates of General Surgery and Urology, Surgical Specialties, Orthopaedics, and Accident and Emergency, Directorate Management Office, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 6LA

    EDITOR—The government has placed great emphasis on hospital league tables, although potential and real flaws have been identified. We therefore thought it was appropriate to review our hospital's process, assessing the accuracy of the mortality data in general surgery and the quality of patient care.

    The data submitted included several patients who had undergone procedures that were specifically excluded. In the non-emergency group this would have reduced the number of patient deaths from …

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