Thousands of people a year are dying unnecessarily after a heart attack because NHS follow-up care is so poor, a study says.
Six in seven of the 40,000 heart attack patients a year miss out on at least one of the treatments that have been proven to reduce their risk of having another one and dying, it found.
Those failures and an “unacceptable deficit in care” led to 33,000 avoidable deaths between 2003 and 2013 in England and Wales, according to researchers.
In those listings of how well health care systems do, Commonwealth Fund and so on, the NHS always comes out really rather badly from the “quality of treatment” and “deaths amenable to healthcare” sort of measurements. Yes, it’s very fair, funded progressively and so on. It’s just not a very good source of actual treatment.