Hunt: Hospitals must always provide the right data
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said hospitals must always provide the right data, particularly that on mortality rates, in order for the government to have a clear idea of whether a hospital is safe or not.
Hunt told ITV News the government will be considering making it a criminal offence for NHS data to be manipulated.
It's reported that deliberately fixing NHS statistics will be made a criminal offence as part of the response to the Mid Staffordshire scandal. According to the Daily Telegraph, seven-figure fines and jail terms could be imposed on NHS chiefs found to have altered waiting time or death rate figures.