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Concerns in Welsh hospitals over death rates

Health Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, has dismissed calls for an enquiry into death rates at Welsh hospitals, even though Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS in England, who led the investigation into Stafford Hospital, suggested that the rate of deaths is higher than it should be.
Although the need for an enquiry into four of the six health boards in Wales has been rejected, the Welsh government has promised to review the way it monitors mortality rates in its hospitals. Currently, a hospital is reviewed as a whole and given a score using a system called RAMI. A score of 100 is considered normal, with a higher score indicating potential issues.
The new measures will break down mortality rates into specific areas, such as cardiac or stroke, so that it will be easier to identify potential problems quickly.
Jeremy Hunt, Health Minister in England, suggests that many border towns are ‘propping up’ the Welsh NHS, as people travel into England for treatment. Mr Hunt says there are indications of a 10% increase in English border towns, which can be attributed to Welsh patients seeking better treatment in England.
The British Medical Association (BMA) suggests that the Welsh NHS is failing in the standard of care it is giving its patients, and goes so far as to say that patients are facing problems like those in Stafford Hospital every day.For now, the Welsh government is resisting any investigation into the levels of care given in its hospitals.
If you or a family member has suffered from substandard care in hospital, you should speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor to see whether you have a claim for medical negligence.

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