“The Patients Association is a healthcare charity which for nearly 50 years has advocated for better access to accurate and independent information for patients and the public; equal access to high quality health care for patients; and the right for patients to be involved in all aspects of decision making regarding their health care.”
Dr Foster is a useful source of Hospital Standard Mortality Ratios (HSMR) – But these (SMRs) are not available as comparisons in Wales and Scotland.
“The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible care is available to all.”
“The NHS Atlas of Variation series is intended to support local decision making to increase the value which a population receives from the resources spent on their healthcare. It supports the search for unexplained variations, the identification and attention to unwarranted variation, helping clinicians to understand what is going on in their area and where to focus attention to improve the care they provide.The first NHS Atlas of Variation was published in November 2010 and was welcomed by the NHS and other stakeholders, with topics selected by clinicians as being important to their speciality. In December 2011 a second and expanded version of the Atlas, consisting of 71 maps, was published.”
“The Health and Social Care Information Centre is a ground-breaking data, information and technology resource for the health and care system, and plays a fundamental role in driving better care, better services and better outcomes for patients.”
Reports primarily cover England.
“The gateway to information about health and health services in Wales. We will be aiming to make improvements in the way you can access health information over the coming months and years. The information the NHS provides will be presented to help you make decisions that matter to you and to understand what is happening in relation to your own health and to health care more generally.”
“NHS Choices is the online ‘front door’ to the NHS. It is the country’s biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.”
Comment (RWB): Choice does not apply in Wales, only in England. The right to choose a Hospital in Wales only applies within your NHS Trust. Articles such as this, on choosing a Hospital, are anathema in Wales.