Resource feature: Behind the headlines

A good resource, well worth a look – the excellent ‘Behind the Headlines’ facility which is part of the larger, more well known NHS Choices website.  

BTHcategoriesBehind the headlines (BTH) looks at stories in the media to expand and explain how the headline came about.  If you read the article below, you will see how BTH traces the evidence back to the original research and provides an unbiased conclusion.

Hip replacement deaths drop by a half since 2003 

“Death rates following hip replacement surgery fell by half in England and Wales,” reports the BBC News website.

Its headline is based on a new study in The Lancet which looked at data from the National Joint Registry (NJR) over the course of eight years. The registry is an NHS database recording outcomes in artificial joint operations such as hip and knee replacements.

Read the full article, which includes research, a video and an easy to follow conclusion.

Hospitals care failings

Extract from BBC News

Failings in care and problems with staffing at the 14 hospital trusts with the worst death rates in England are to be exposed.

A  report was ordered amid concern that failing hospitals were not being held to account following the criticisms of the Francis Inquiry into Stafford Hospital, which said the public had been betrayed by a system which put “corporate self-interest” ahead of patients.

Its understood the Keogh report – as well as flagging up management failings – will also point to concerns over nurse staffing levels in the 14 hospitals under investigation.

The report will suggest there is a link between inadequate staffing levels and poor standards of care.

Its expected the report will say: “When the review teams visited the hospitals, they found frequent examples of inadequate numbers of nursing staff in some ward areas.”

Sir Bruce Keogh’s report will say all 14 hospitals are undertaking an urgent review of “safe staffing levels.”

The trusts investigated, which run a total of 19 acute hospitals, are the ones with the highest death rates in 2010-11 and 2011-12. They are:

• Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

• Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

• Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (Two hospitals – Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe)

• Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

• Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

• The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

• East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (Two hospitals – Burnley General and Royal Blackburn)

• George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

• Medway NHS Foundation Trust

• North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (Two hospitals – Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland)

• Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Three hospitals – Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Goole and District Hospital and Scunthorpe General)

• Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

• Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

• United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

At the moment, regulatory action is being taken against six of the trusts, but none is facing the ultimate sanctions of fines, closure of individual units or administration of the entire organisation.

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