Death rates at small hospitals three times higher than others

Figures show that small hospitals had a mortality rate of almost 17 per cent

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
19th June, 2016
Naas General Hospital has been classified as serious outliers in this report Pic: RollingNews.ie

Figures censored by the Department of Health show the death rate for heart attack patients in small hospitals is almost three times higher than in other hospitals.

The unpublished figures – obtained by this newspaper – show that small hospitals had a mortality rate of almost 17 per cent. That was significantly higher than the average of 6 per cent at all other hospitals. The Department of Health published a report last week that revealed...

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