NHS Failings Suppressed for “Political” Reasons? (BBC News / Department of Health)


A report (NHS England‘s Keogh review), ordered by the government after the publication of the Francis Inquiry into Stafford Hospital, indicates that 14 NHS trusts – with higher-than-expected mortality rates over recent years – may have contributed to 13,000 excess deaths compared with the national average in 2005-10.

Professor Sir Brian Jarman, an independent expert on mortality rates, suggests details of NHS failings may have been suppressed. There may be a basic problem regarding a conflict of interests with the NHS, in that the government both provides health services and monitors them (albeit now via separate institutions).

Read more: BBC News. NHS failings ‘suppressed for electoral reasons’.


NHS failings ‘suppressed for electoral reasons’. London: BBC Health News, July 14th 2013.

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Triggle, N. (2013). Report focuses on high death rates at NHS hospital trusts. London: BBC Health News, July 16th 2013.

Sir Bruce Keogh’s Review into the Care and Treatment at Fourteen Hospital Trusts in England: Overview Report (Department of Health)

Sir Bruce Keogh’s overview report covers fourteen hospital trusts in England with mortality rates consistently higher than expected for two years or more. All fourteen trusts have to undertake improvement plans to deliver better patient care, and eleven have been placed into “special measures” to ensure recommendations are implemented fully.

Note: Sir Bruce Keogh has formally disowned the figures about 13,000 avoidable deaths leaked to the press over previous days (see above).

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Review into the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 hospital trusts in England: overview report. London: Department of Health, July 16th 2013.

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The Keogh Mortality Review: Information and intelligence packs. London: NHS Choices, July 16th 2013.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].

Related Information Published in September 2013

There is a critical appraisal of previously unpublished data given to Channel 4 News by Professor Sir Brian Jarman.

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Death rate ‘much higher’ in English than US hospitals. London: NHS Choices, September 12th 2013.

See also:

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Triggle, N. (2013). More failing hospitals ‘likely to be found’. London: BBC Health News, September 19th 2013.

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