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No, up YOUR coding! Why the ‘45% more NHS deaths’ is nonsense

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How many people died in the US because they couldn’t afford treatment in the first place?

It was claimed – predictably enough by the right-wing media, but shamefully also by Channel 4, who usually do a better job on the NHS – that a patient’s chances of dying in the NHS are an astonishing 45% higher in the NHS than in the US healthcare system.

Even more shamefully, Professor Sir Brian Jarman – the man behind the HSMR system – has been up to his usual tricks.

The professor has been doing a nifty two-step: distancing himself from the headlines and saying his findings are

no more than a trigger to further see whether the large differences in adjusted death rates … indicate possible differences in the quality of hospital care in the two countries

while also playing up to the headlines by declaring himself

quite frankly shocked

by the findings. Neat footwork.

Read more No, up YOUR coding! Why the ‘45% more NHS deaths’ is nonsense 1,447 words.

Another excellent and revealing article from the Skwawkbox; however, I’d like to add statistics are, as evidenced here, akin to a drunk leaning on a lampost; more for support than illumination.

One must also remember that the HSMRs are based on hospital deaths; how many people died in the US because they couldn’t afford treatment in the first place? Think on that before you condemn the NHS based on, as Skwawkbox says, apples and oranges comparisons.

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Written by Smiling Carcass

18/09/2013 at 3:39 AM

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