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Remember, the hospitals get 'rewarded' for having low costs....


A criminal offence could be created to punish doctors and health chiefs who manipulate hospital statistics, it emerged last night.

Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce the measure as part of an effort to reform NHS management in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal.

Last night the Health Secretary said: ‘This is about a transparent, honest and accountable NHS.

‘Patients and the public should be confident they can trust information about how hospitals are performing and a culture of honesty and accuracy will help those organisations drive up standard of care.

‘If NHS trusts are caught deliberately manipulating that information, whether waiting times or death rates, they need to be held to account.’

If approved, the move will mean trusts could be fined millions and managers jailed if they are found to have falsified data on waiting times or death rates.

Several hospitals have been accused of fixing high mortality rates by ‘misrecording’ causes of death.

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true in the UK...will be true under'll be amazed at how many 'natural deaths' from medical mistakes, oversight, or lack of doctor to care for patients...

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