Another day, another NHS disaster

The future of American health care is the UK’s present:

The largest and most detailed survey into hospital deaths has revealed that almost 12,000 patients are needlessly dying every year as a result of poor patient care.

The researchers from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine based the study on 1,000 deaths at 10 NHS trusts during 2009. The study revealed that basic errors were made in more than one in 10 cases, leading to 5.2% of deaths, which was the equivalent of nearly 12,000 preventable deaths in hospitals in England every year.

Iowahawk puts these numbers into perspective:

A Briton is 5 times more likely to die from government health care than an American is to die from a gunshot.

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