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Mortality rates must not be discarded

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Commenting on the publication of Professor Stephen Palmer’s review of the use of risk adjusted mortality data in NHS Wales – which concludes, in the Health Minister’s words, that RAMI is ‘not a meaningful measure of quality’ – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:

“Last year Labour Ministers were telling us that hospital death rates were smoke alarms in the Welsh NHS to alert us to potential problems.

“Now we see Labour Ministers wanting to diminish their value because performance in Wales is poorer than elsewhere in the UK.

“It's yet another example of Welsh Labour attempting to ditch targets and measures which they find embarrassing or inexcusable.

“It doesn't wash and reinforces the need for an independent Keogh style review into care standards in Welsh hospitals.”

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