- The government investigates hospitals with elevated mortality rates, but - contrary to media reports - "excess" deaths aren't necessarily a result of poor care.
- There are two main ways of measuring mortality rates at hospitals and these indicators produce different results.
The UK’s migration statistics are “little better than a best guess,” according to a committee of MPs. We explained their concerns in ‘How accurate are immigration statistics?’ yesterday.
But what can be done to improve the quality of immigration information we have?
If Disney World can do it, why can’t the UK?
Just over a month ago, the Department of Health refused to provide data that we had asked for under the Freedom of Information Act. Amid all the discussion of what 'health tourists' cost the NHS, we wanted to see the evidence behind Jeremy Hunt's claim that:
"Currently, we identify less than half of those who should be paying and collect payment from less than half those we identify."
The UK’s migration statistics are “little better than a best guess,” according to a committee of MPs.
Party spokesmen joined in with such extreme differences of opinion as to their worth — “accurate” and “very robust” from the Minister but “a bit dodgy” from the Shadow Minister — that it’s tempting to give up on the whole argument.
Accident and Emergency departments are the open door of the NHS, treating patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
But with reports that A&E departments are on the brink of collapse, the government has commissioned a report into the state of emergency care in England.
So how do we explain the rising tide in A&E admissions? And why aren't hospitals coping?
GDP - 'Gross Domestic Product' - regularly finds its way into headlines. Economic and political fortunes can hinge on the abstract decimals we see reported on every three months and referred to all year round.
This morning, we were told that the economy grew in the last quarter by 0.6%.
So what exactly does it all mean?
On 18 July we contacted both the BBC and the Daily Mail to highlight errors on their coverage of the cap on social care.
"Bed blockers": Ready to go home, still in hospital
"Bed blockers" is the somewhat derogatory term used to describe patients - most of them elderly - who are occupying a hospital bed that they don't strictly need. In almost all cases, it isn't their fault; rather, their discharge will have been delayed because the NHS hasn't completed the necessary paperwork or the local authority hasn't been able to organise the next stage of their care.
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