Will BBC Scotland report as NHS Scotland surpasses ‘unexpected hospital deaths’ target?


The current Scottish Government target to reduce Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios (HSMR) or ‘unexpected hospital deaths’ is 10% from December 2015 to December 2018. By end June 2018, the HMSR level had fallen by 11.2%, exceeding expectations. If an HMSR value is less than 1 then this means that the number of deaths within 30 days of admission for a hospital is fewer than predicted.

Notably there were no hospitals with a significantly higher HMSR (bad) on this measure and two, Western General (0.66) and Ninewells (0.7) had a significantly lower HMSR (good).


Other recent good news for NHS Scotland:

Cancer mortality rates fall 10% but Reporting Scotland ignore it

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

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.’

England has the poorest safety record for infant mortality of almost any other developed country. Is Scotland’s any better?

As NHS England cancer treatment wait statistics ‘set to be worst on record’, NHS Scotland’s success is ignored



5 thoughts on “Will BBC Scotland report as NHS Scotland surpasses ‘unexpected hospital deaths’ target?

  1. Alan Gordon November 15, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    Yet again John the BBC has denied you a surprise, they did overlook the good, less dead story and seemed to be running with the UK’s piss poor world league position in the pancreatic cancer stakes, we’re 49th. I take it Scotland is also better at this than other parts of the UK because no attempt was made to analyse/separate out the different national health services, “just bad, need to do better”


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