Hospitals death rates shock

Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
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HEALTH chiefs are disputing claims that the local health trust has the worst death rate in England.

Damning figures were revealed in a leaked letter from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust’s medical director, Dr Peter Dyer.

The trust, which is responsible for the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, the Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe and other hospitals in Cumbria, reportedly scored 124 in the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio (HSMR) points system – the highest figure in the country.

If the number of expected deaths and the number of actual deaths were the same, the trust would have scored 100.

A figure of 124 would indicate that there were dozens of avoidable deaths at the trust’s hospitals in 2010 and 2011.

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