NHS improvements lead to fewer deaths from heart failure

Chris Smyth reports in the Times 10th August 2017: NHS improvements lead to fewer deaths from heart failure

When it gets broken down I predict this improvement will be post coded…. with the rural areas doing worst.

Almost 500 lives a year are being saved by improvements in NHS care for heart failure, a review has found.
Too many people still die from the condition, however, and experts urged hospitals to make sure more get crucial treatment and see specialists promptly.
More than half a million people in Britain have heart failure, in which the heart struggles to empty and fill. It is most common in the elderly and accounts for one in 20 NHS hospital admissions.
Researchers at University College London found “modest but important improvements” as death rates in hospitals fell from 9.6 per cent in 2014-15 to 8.9 per cent now but added: “Mortality remains too high and there are large variations among hospitals.”
Sir Bruce Keogh, of NHS England, said: “This independent study shows that improvements to NHS heart failure services have had a significant positive impact . . . The progress highlighted today will be a spur for us to do even more to improve care.”

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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