Another interesting article on the abuse of statistics in the Mid Staffs case, with some very pertinent points made by a GP.
There has been a fascinating discussion on a blog – https://skwalker1964.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/the-real-mid-staffs-story-one-excess-death-if-that/about the manipulation of statistics in the Mid Staffs story and whether or not there have been between 400 and 1,200 additional and unnecessary deaths. The argument has been going on for some time with those agreeing with the figures tending to quote from Daily Mail or other sources for their legitimisation. I sent the blog to a local GP of my acquaintance and he said this:
- The central thesis that the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios are a relative guide only, cannot demonstrate real numbers and are highly vulnerable to a whole series of biases is very convincing and has been echoed in recent BMJ editorials
- I am quite certain that the 400 – 1200 deaths are political not real numbers and are part of policy to discredit the NHS – a campaign being led by the government, the BBC…
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