Death Rate of Patients in Britain's Hospitals 45% Higher Than the US


Published Date : Sep 13, 2013

Patients being treated in wards in Britain\'s Patients in English National Health Service (NHS) hospitals face a 45% higher risk of death as compared with US hospitals. These figures were tracked over a 10-year period by Sir Brian Jarman, credited for inventing the hospital standardized mortality rate. Jarman found that among the top seven countries, England had death rates that were 22.5% higher than the average. He noted that in 2012, patients face a 45% higher chance of death in the UK NHS hospitals as compared with hospitals in the US, which has the lowest death rates.

Jarman said that though his studies have been showing similar indications since several years now, authorities have failed to act on warnings. 

In view of these figures, the medical director of NHS, Sir Bruce Keogh has said that top-level discussions would be conducted to find the root cause of the comparatively high death rates, and reach a solution to address this problem. He also said that such data will play a vital role in improving the overall healthcare services in Britain, and that he wanted clinical experts to study the figures and provide solutions to reduce the death rates.