We should not be surprised at the Tory health minister’s confusion between the percentage of deaths and whether the actual number is higher.
Conservatives manipulate the difference between percentages and real-terms figures all the time – usually where money is involved.
People who go to accident and emergency on a weekend do not have a greater risk of dying, according to a new study that contradicts the Government’s reasons for trying to create a “seven-day NHS”.
The new study, by academics at Manchester and York universities, says slightly fewer people die at weekends and the only reason that the mortality rate appears higher is that few people are admitted.
The lead author of a paper in the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, Rachel Meacock, said: “About the same number of people die [at weekends], but it’s just that you are dividing that by a lower number [of admissions].
“It’s a simple fraction issue. It’s really obvious.”
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