How safe are our hospitals?

Is it enough to trust hospitals to improve their own quality of care?

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
19th June, 2016
The second report of quality indicators in the health service points to higher than expected mortality rates. The state says hospitals must manage this themselves.

The Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal was every patient’s nightmare.

The debacle at the English hospital trust ultimately resulted in the resignation of the former head of the National Health Service (NHS), David Nicholson.

The hospital came to international attention because of an investigation that was triggered by high death rates. Managers initially ignored the data. They were convinced the figures were incorrect. But concern mounted and patients started asking questions.

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