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International: Report Reveals Significant Variation in Hospital Death Rates in Ireland

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A number of hospitals have significantly higher death rates due to heart attacks and strokes than the national average, according to a new report from the Department of Health in Ireland, writes The Irish Times. TheĀ  first annual report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System, released by the Department of Health, measured the performance of the health service across a number of indicators. The report identifies wide variations across geographic areas for a variety of indicators, the reasons for which need further exploration. The report says some areas of the health service are performing well. Immunization rates have improved, death rates from heart attacks have fallen, survival rates from cancer are improving and the incidence of hospital acquired infections has dropped sharply. Areas where there is room for improvement are also identified. These include cervical cancer survival rates, falling uptake of breast cancer screening and variations in many indicators. Read more.

The publication of this first report of the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System (NHQRS) follows up on the commitment from the Minister for Health in 2014 to the public reporting of information on the quality and safety of health care in Ireland. The purpose of the report was to promote a culture of openness and transparency, and improve accountability within the health sector, with public reporting of information on performance helping to drive improvements in the quality of care being delivered in the Irish health service.

Read full report: National Healthcare Quality Reporting System – First Annual Report


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