Death Rates and Data Sharing
A major freedom of information trawl by the Guardian has found that death rates around the country in routine surgery to prevent a swollen artery from bursting are very variable - and that many hospitals are well above the national average.
The Guardian investigation also reveals that hospitals carrying out more operations have lower death rates than those that do few. More experienced surgical teams appear safer. Leading vascular surgeons argue that AAA operations should be concentrated in larger centres that do at least 50 procedures a year and the many smaller units should be closed. Reorganisation was planned to begin this year in London for that purpose, but Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has put all hospital closures on hold.
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Good investigation, excellent idea to pass the data out to the crowd, is this how journalism will work in this new age?