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.”