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Hospital Deaths Reviewed To Reduce Mortality Rate

Friday May 17 2013


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ALL deaths at Barnsley Hospital are to be reviewed to help reduce mortality rates.

Staff will be working with the medical examiner in Sheffield to help try and reduce the mortality ratio - which is higher than it should be.

From April 2012 to January 2013, there were 752 deaths at the hospital, the expected number being 705.5.

The hospital's standard mortality ratio (HSMR) compares the observed number of deaths in Barnsley with the expected number of deaths based on national data.

The hospital's ratio for April 2012 to January was 106.6, but it should be below 100.

An action plan has been put in place to help reduce the ratio to below 100 by October, to eliminate all avoidable deaths and to learn from serious incidents and complaints.

Medical director Dr Jugnu Mahajan said in her report this was worrying because there was a risk of the trust becoming one which has a ratio outside the expected range.

The Mortality Steering Group has asked for an urgent review of all deaths at Barnsley Hospital in December.

Steve Wragg, chairman of the hospital, said: "We've got to get it down to 100. We finished the last action plan and got it down but not enough. So we've got another set of actions in place. We're not taking our foot off the pedal."

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Reply Posted by Janet Neville on Saturday May 18 2013 at 12:21
Why has the Mortality Steering Group only asked for an urgent review of all deaths at Barnsley Hospital in December, what is significant about that month?. My mother was one of the 752 deaths reported at Barnsley hospital between April 2012 and January 2013, but the fact that her passing was in January leads me to assume they consider her death to be insignificant and acceptable, along with deaths between April and November 2012!!. I would be interested to know what other bereaved families feel and think?. Maybe an email to Stephen Wragg might be a suitable plan of action in the first instance.

Reply Posted by lesley murray on Monday May 27 2013 at 21:33
I think its totally appaulin my grandad went in on the 23rd of dec 2011 he was left in a room in the wrong ward for just over 2wks with 2 lots of wrong diagnosis which I feel is pure neglection then when all the staff came back after there xmas break he then had numerous scans,xrays and blood tests to then be diagnosed with pancriatic cancer and we lost him 3 days later on the 7th of jan 2012! Barnsley hospital need 2 improve and fast!

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