Watchdog scrutinises apparently high death rates at NHS trust

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 27 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:689
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Healthcare inspectors are launching an official investigation this week into numbers of deaths at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which they suspect may be excessively high, particularly among patients admitted as emergencies.

    The Healthcare Commission said that it was alerted last September to possible problems in the trust’s systems for monitoring mortality. Since then it had visited the trust twice and found that its death rates were higher than those in similar trusts in England.

    However, the commission refused to say which time period was being investigated or to …

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