One of best hospitals in the UK treated like dirt by New Racist Labour and friendly hacks

The Herald and STV have been fed this by Scottish Labour.

Two deaths at the New Southern General hospital (QEUH) have been ‘linked’ to ‘staffing issues’.

Facts, News:

In August 2022, 5 835 patients died. The number predicted was 1 679 and so the mortality rate was 4.9%. QEUH has one of the lower mortality rates in Scotland, 27th out of 32 and well below the highest level of 6.04%.

All of Scotland’s hospitals, regardless of current vacancies, continue to be within the expected range of mortality and one has a significantly lower (better) -than-expected rate (Western General).

The Scottish average mortality rate is 4.6 with Glasgow hospitals at 4.2 and around 460 fewer deaths than predicted.

The situation in England is in sharp contrast, suggesting far great extremes:

Note the large number of trusts where the death rate is higher than predicted. This is failure.

Notably, the trust with the worst mortality rate, with 505 more deaths than predicted, is Norfolk and Norwich in which the Norfolk constituency of Liz Truss sits.

5 thoughts on “One of best hospitals in the UK treated like dirt by New Racist Labour and friendly hacks

  1. Harm caused by patient safety incidents regrettably occurs in all health care settings, usually (and we trust) despite the best professional practice of the medical staff. Media coverage of the more serious incidents could provide a rich, endless seam of stories for journalists should they choose to cover them. And it seems that some are keen to do so, at least in Scotland.

    The National Reporting & Learning System (NRLS) collects data on patient safety incidents in England and Wales. The primary purpose of the NRLS is TO ENABLE LEARNING from patient safety incidents occurring in the NHS.

    Reporting to the NRLS has increased year on year since its inception in 2003: ‘it is anticipated that this will continue to increase as the culture of reporting all incidents spreads more widely and deeply across the NHS. Therefore, the NRLS DOES NOT PROVIDE THE DEFINITIVE NUMBER OF PATIENT SAFETY INCIDENTS occurring in the NHS ..’ (my emphasis) In other words it gives a minimum number.

    Reports to the NRLS of patient safety incidents are broken down by degree of harm: no harm, low, moderate, severe, death.

    Diverse patient safety incident types are reported: including but not limited to
    – Patient accident
    – Treatment, procedure
    – Medication
    – Infrastructure (including staffing, facilities, environment)
    – Clinical assessment (including diagnosis, scans, tests, assessments)
    – Infection Control Incident
    – Medical device / equipment.

    Here are some extracts from the database for the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. In this period, across all NHS England settings, there were 5,803 incidents associated with a death and 6,872 incidents linked to severe harm.

    The figures just for general/acute hospitals in England:
    – Incidents resulting in severe harm = 4,374
    – Incidents resulting in death = 2,506

    The figures just for mental health services in England:
    – Incidents resulting in severe harm = 1,213
    – Incidents resulting in death = 2,355


    Each instance of severe harm or death linked to a patient safety incident is a tragedy; it requires investigation; the professionals involved need held to account; and learning enabled/shared to avoid repetition as far as possible.

    How do journalists, how do opposition party politicians, decide on which of the many serious patient safety incidents in the NHS across the UK to focus public attention on? Might location be a critical determining factor in their choices?

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