HC Deb 09 June 2004 vol 422 cc395-6W
Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the standardised mortality ratios of each hospital trust were in the last year for which figures are available, listed in descending order; what the national average was; and if he will make a statement. [174757]

Miss Melanie Johnson

There is no single "standardised mortality ratio" for hospitals, nor yet full agreement as to how one should be defined.

The Dr. Foster organisation has devised its own ratio which was published in The Sunday Times. It is an indicator devised for use by that organisation and the Department of Health does not produce any similar measure.