Sir Bruce Keogh’s report uncovers mediocrity rather than
Jeremy Hunt has been accused by doctors of using patients' death to make political capital after mediocrity was uncovered instead of disaster by Keogh report into 14 hospitals with high death rates.
Patients were not getting good-quality care by hospitals that were investigated, according to Keogh's report. The report also stated that 14 trusts were told to act on recommendations decided by health officials.
According to NHS leaders, the political briefing in the media before the report was released caused panic among relatives, patients and the public pertaining to the care provided by the NHS. The report stated that there were
13,000 deaths that happened due to lack of good care and these could have easily been avoided.
According to the data given by Sir Brian Jarman of Imperial College, since 2005, there could have been 13,000 deaths. But NHS medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, who led the review, said, "It was clinically meaningless and academically reckless to try to quantify avoidable deaths."
A spokesman for the British Medical Association said, "It is reckless to try to make political capital out of patients' deaths."