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Letters 13 000 needless deaths?

Surfing the wave of misrepresented hospital death rates—a reticence of the well informed?

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 05 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5367
  1. Eric J Will, retired nephrologist1
  1. 1Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Leeds, UK
  1. wilesroyd{at}

There seems to have been a reticence on the part of the well informed to establish an appropriate interpretation of the statistics of hospital mortality in the NHS after the Mid Staffs furore. Spiegelhalter goes a good way towards that understanding in his feature.1 The default has allowed a media and politicians’ field day in casting aspersions on NHS performance, with benefits to both media hyperbole and the …

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