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:
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.’