Queens hospital in Romford and King Georges in Goodmayes were recently criticised by the health watchdog for extremely poor standards of care, and this quote from the guardian article suggests a level of nasty, that is beyond simple incompetence:
"The CQC report highlighted verbally abusive staff in the maternity
unit. One of the midwives was heard to say to a woman in labour: "Hurry
up, or I'll cut you." - http://is.gd/dxVosz
Surely this person should be arrested, or did i miss something?
The BBC and Guardian both covered the report from the care commission, and its makes for pretty grim reading given that they are my 2 nearest general hospitals.
The article in the Daily-Mail mentions a statistic that they may well have pulled out of their collective arse (who knows they seem to just lie about everything), that the maternal death rate at Queens hospital is 3 times the national average.
So I thought it would be worth to see graphically how that would look on the global charts if that was representative of the UK as a whole. The WHO data provides an age-standardized rate of 12/100,000 births, hence the chart is plotted with 2 lines at 12 and 36.
This is the maternal mortality dataset currently available on the WHO datasets websites. The 2 lines are first the United Kingdom, and where the United Kingdom would be if Queens hospital in Romford and King Georges in Goodmayes were representative of the UK as a whole.
The log transformed WHO rates indicate the data is high reminiscent of an exponential distribution, and it would probably be pretty easy to pull a rate parameter out of the fit for estimating the mean of the underlying distribution. (though I have no idea if that is of any use) I suspect the straight line is due to Benford's law but I can't quite get my head around why.
Greece has an absurdly low maternal mortality rate in 2009 (2/100000), so a @todo is to see whether that is consistent with and other health end-points, and whether it is consistent over time. Also Ireland 3 is a notable 2nd.
@todo explain the straight line effect in the ordered plot of rates.
Notes & References
Who data on maternal mortality.
"Watchdog publishes damning report into deaths at two London
hospitals, Queen's in Romford and King George's in Goodmayes"
"Romford Queen's Hospital: Margaret Hodge calls for inquiry"
Tony Blair launches health inspectorate
The BBC and Guardian both covered the report from the care
commmission, and its makes for pretty grim reading;
On the positive side they are absolutely kicking their arses over
it, both Romford and King Georges are coming under a lot of
scrutiny, rightfully so...