Scottish hospital deaths fall by 9.2% despite increased demand and rising crude mortality rates*

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John Robertson
Scottish hospital deaths fall by 9.2% despite increased demand and rising crude mortality rates*

I’ve used the more newsworthy percentage over four years to get a bigger headline in accordance with BBC Scotland’s editorial guidelines. From the Information Services Division, NHS Scotland on 14th August 2018: ‘The Scottish HSMR [Hospital Standardised Mortality Rate] has decreased by 9.2% between January to March 2014 and January to March 2018.’ It’s only possible to consider this drop as evidence of improving performance if you can be sure that it is not, perhaps, the consequence of the underlying…

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John Robertson
Scottish hospital deaths fall by 9.2% despite increased demand and rising crude mortality rates*