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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Statement from the trust on the latest mortality figures

20 September 2016

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Dr Andrew Short, Interim Chief Medical Officer at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “A higher than expected number of deaths doesn’t necessarily mean a poor standard of care but acts as an early warning sign that further investigation is needed.

“There is, of course, a concern that in 2015 we were outside the expected range which is why we arranged a meeting last week with our consultant body so that we can understand what lies behind the figures and to investigate whether we have put the right actions in place to prevent any avoidable deaths.

"For those deaths which are expected, we will work hard to ensure that these do not happen in an acute hospital setting. To put the matter into context, the overall number of deaths in hospital continues to fall, and we know that for most people who are in their end of life stage, being able to die in their own homes is their preference.” 

Read the full Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report at:

Note to editors: 

The Health and Social Care Information Centre, the organisation who collect and publish this data say that “Standardised Hospital Mortality Indicators (SHMI) cannot be used to directly compare mortality outcomes between trusts and it is inappropriate to rank trusts according to their SHMI. 

Standardised Hospital MortaIity Indicators (SHMI) are not a measure of quality of care. A higher/lower than expected number of deaths should not immediately be interpreted as indicating poor/good performance and instead should be viewed as a ‘smoke alarm’ which requires further investigation.

Page last updated: 20 September 2016