Sunday November 1, 2020

Hospitals, deaths and damned statistics

Patient groups should be up in arms over the government’s climb- down on publishing mortality rates, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

17th December, 2014

How safe is your hospital? How good is the quality of care? Is your surgeon up to scratch?

The answers to these questions are not readily available in Ireland, with the Department of Health now rowing back on a promise to publish mortality rates at national, regional and individually-named hospital level by the end of 2014.

The Department of Health’s latest position is that it will publish figures at national and regional level only.

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