NHS in England told to reveal avoidable deaths data

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NHS in England told to reveal avoidable deaths data
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents trusts in England, said it was “right” that patient safety was made a priority.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “It’s about hospitals creating a culture which makes it easy for staff on the frontline to say, ’look, something went wrong; I think it could have had a different outcome
and we need to learn from this so it doesn’t happen again’.”
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The NHS in England is to become the first healthcare system in the world to
publish figures on avoidable patient deaths, the health secretary has said.
Meanwhile, an NHS England report into the death of William Mead said he might have
lived if 111 call handlers had realised the seriousness of his condition.
Some avoidable deaths are deemed to have occurred among terminally-ill patients who might have lived longer if they had spent their final weeks at home –
and Mr Hopson added too many patients were still dying in hospital.
Announcing the roll-out, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said each trust was being asked
to use the same methodology to determine whether a death was preventable or not.
In 2013, Connor Sparrowhawk died in the care of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust at Slade House in Oxford.

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