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Hospitals put into special measures in 2013 have cut their mortality

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 09 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h744
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Death rates at the 11 NHS hospital trusts in England that were placed into special measures in July 2013 have fallen since the measures were introduced, a new analysis has found.

The healthcare analyst company Dr Foster, which carried out the study, said that it found a “significant reduction” in death rates when the 11 trusts were taken as a group.1 But the company said that the figures also showed “significant variation” in performance between the trusts.

The 11 were placed into special measures in July 2013 after they were identified as having higher than expected death rates in a review by NHS England’s medical director, Bruce Keogh.2 The review was carried out in response to the public inquiry by Robert Francis QC into the failings at Mid Staffordshire …

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