Standardised mortality rate in Scotland’s hospitals falls by nearly 10% in just three years despite crude mortality levels being static and as ‘20,000 ‘additional deaths’ have occurred in England and Wales in the first 16 weeks of this year.’

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John Robertson
Standardised mortality rate in Scotland’s hospitals falls by nearly 10% in just three years despite crude mortality levels being static and as ‘20,000 ‘additional deaths’ have occurred in England and Wales in the first 16 weeks of this year.’

From the ISD site today: ‘Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios (HSMR) at Scotland level has decreased by 9.9% between January to March 2014 (first quarter after new baseline) and October to December 2017.’ https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Quality-Indicators/Publications/2018-05-15/2018-05-15-HSMR-Report.pdf?75555056334 This suggests real improvements in hospital care in the light of a background of persisting levels of crude mortality (above) which can be taken as evidence of pressure or demand on the system. Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios (HSMRs) in Scotland cannot be compared directly with those in…

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John Robertson
Standardised mortality rate in Scotland’s hospitals falls by nearly 10% in just three years despite crude mortality levels being static and as ‘20,000 ‘additional deaths’ have occurred in England and Wales in the first 16 weeks of this year.’