The NHS kills people

I thought everyone knew this already?

Wasting Lives is a statistical analysis of WHO mortality data to estimate the number of deaths that could plausibly have been averted by the NHS since the 1980s.  The measure used is known as “mortality amenable to healthcare”.

The NHS does badly by this measure.

But surely, come on peeps, surely everyone knew this already?

7 comments on “The NHS kills people

  1. You ought to also be aware of this:

    “We estimated that in 1994 overall 2216000 (1721000-2711000) hospitalized patients had serious ADRs [adverse drug reactions] and 106000
    (76000-137000) had fatal ADRs, making these reactions between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death”.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9555760?dopt=Abstract

    Including more sources of iatrogenesis:
    Doctors Are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
    Cause 250,000 Deaths Every Year
    From Starfield, B. (2000) Is US Health Really The Best In The World? Journal of the American Medical Association, 284 (4), 483-485.
    http://www.naturodoc.com/library/public_health/doctors_cause_death.htm
    See also Barbara Starfield interview
    http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/the-starfield-interview/

    Including even more sources of iatrogenesis:
    Null et al. (2003)
    DOCTORS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE USA.
    Cause 780,000-1,000,000 Deaths Every Year
    http://www.webdc.com/pdfs/deathbymedicine.pdf

    ‘Global Trigger Tool’ Shows That Adverse Events In Hospitals May Be Ten Times Greater Than Previously Measured
    http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/30/4/581.abstract

  2. At a conference a few years ago I heard a very sad comparison of hospital infections, NHS vs Rest of Europe. The Dutch came out very well.

  3. I can’t wait for Angry Nurse to come and tell us it is all the fault of privatising the cleaning services.

  4. SE, those darn cleaners are forever moving the lunch tray so that it’s just out of reach of the patient. The bastards.

  5. “Wasting Lives is a statistical analysis of WHO mortality data to estimate the number of deaths that could plausibly have been averted by the NHS since the 1980s.”

    No it’s not. It’s an estimate of the number of deaths that could plausibly have been averted by the British healthcare system . It’s not just the NHS that “kills people” – the private healthcare sector does its bit too.

  6. The Dutch managed their HAIs by virtue of better isolation capacity and staff management protocols.

    All of which – amazingly – requires investment.

    The TPA report: sounds like Nick Bosanquet is touting for some consultancy business…

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