'The 2004 figures show that NHS had the worst figures of all seven countries. Once the death rate was adjusted, England was 22 per cent higher than the average of all seven countries and it was 58 per cent higher than the best country.Mmm the NHS truly is 'the envy of the world'
That meant NHS patients were almost 60 per cent more likely to die in hospital compared with patients in the best country.
Of course, that was nearly 10 years ago and the NHS has been through several reforms and had record amounts of money poured into it until recently.
When Professor Jarman projected the figures forward to 2012, the hospital death rates in all seven countries had improved - England's faster than some. But it still had death rates 45 per cent higher than the leading country, which is America.
Because of confidentiality issues we are not allowed to name the other countries. But America stands out in the data for its lower mortality rates.'
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
The NHS is 'the envy of the world' - Really?
Channel 4 News report