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From the Skwawkbox: National media: Keogh says 13k NHS deaths! Keogh: er, no I don’t

July 16, 2013

There’s currently a lot of media coverage about the claim by the medical director of the NHS, Sir Bruce Keogh, that over 13,000 people have died in 14 NHS hospitals. The Telegraph led with this story yesterday. There is an excellent critique of it and the extremely flawed statistical system on which the claim is founded, over at the Skwawkbox. It begins

‘Please share widely, as this is huge and needs to become well-known before the report is published tomorrow.

As I wrote yesterday, the national media is running massive headlines claiming that a report by Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, will state that 13,000 people died ‘needlessly’ in the 14 NHS hospitals currently under special investigation for supposed high mortality rates.

Image (of the Daily Telegraph’s page showing hospital)

As I pointed out, the death claims are completely unfounded and based on the misuse and misrepresentation of a deeply-flawed statistical system, and would still be completely unfounded even if the system were not deeply flawed. For more details of why, read here.

Well, it turns out that the report’s author, Sir Bruce Edward Keogh, KBE, FRCS, FRCP himself, also disagrees with the headlines about his own report….’

The full piece can be read here:

The Skwawkbox takes the line that this is another piece of Tory propaganda designed to soften the public up for the privatisation of the NHS. I strongly agree with his diagnosis. The Spectator has run a number of pieces arguing that American private health provision is far better than the current care in the NHS. I can also remember being told that one of the columnists in the Daily Mail, known for their attacks on the NHS, was married to a Tory advocate of privatisation. Roy Porter, the historian of medicine, in his book Blood and Guts also describes how the American doctors ran a propaganda campaign in the 1920 to prevent nationalisation over there. Private Eye published a report a little while ago showing how the Private Finance Initiative was the result of Tory plans for private firms to gain access to the NHS. The privatisation envisaged by the Tory health service reforms, and this piece in the Telegraph now going national, is part of that process and the falsified news spun to support it. The Skwawkbox has done an excellent job in tackling this.