Concerns over Welsh hospital death rates revealed

An email setting out the concerns of Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHSD in England, about high death rates in some Welsh hospitals has been made public. He points to long waits for diagnosis as a possible cause.

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Sir Bruce doesn't have facts and figures says Welsh Govt

The Welsh Government has responded to the release of Sir Bruce Keogh's concerns about death rates in Welsh Hospitals, saying the medical director of the NHS in England doesn't have the information to support his suspicions.

As Sir Bruce makes clear, he does not have adequate data to form a view of whether there should be an investigation into the hospitals named in the email. Moreover, even when he does have data, he cannot vouch for its veracity. The National Statistics Authority has also recently concluded that it is not possible to compare mortality rates between England and Wales as they are measured differently.

Despite the frequent attempts to criticise the Welsh NHS, well over 90 per cent of people in Wales who actually use the NHS are happy with the care they receive. If legitimate concerns are raised about particular aspects of care at specific hospitals, we have acted quickly and ordered independent reviews to identify and resolve any issues.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson

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