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Downgrade for Ipswich hospital

PUBLISHED: 11:40 21 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:30 03 March 2010

DEATH rates after surgery at Ipswich Hospital, are some of the worst across the country, we can reveal today.

The hospital which was downgraded from two to one star status in the latest government performance tables, has one great worrying set of statistics- for death rates after surgery and emergency readmissions.

DEATH rates after surgery at Ipswich Hospital, are some of the worst across the country, we can reveal today.

The hospital which was downgraded from two to one star status in the latest government performance tables, has one great worrying set of statistics- for death rates after surgery and emergency readmissions.

But we can't tell you what those figures are yet.

Despite the government's crusade for openness in the NHS, the figures for Ipswich have not yet been made public – apparently because of an 'admin error.'

Today we embark on a crusade for the truth, to find out and tell you how many people die after surgery in the operating theatres of Ipswich Hospital.

We know the hospital performed badly for this – in the bottom 20 per cent of the nation's hospitals. Time after time, its performance was consistently branded 'significantly below average' by Department of Health assessors.

The investigation is the latest in our Hospitalwatch campaign which has fought to get the truth behind the spin doctors' spiel, for the past five years.

18,500 operations a year are carried out at Ipswich Hospital – and thousands more people across Suffolk deserve to know what's going on at Heath Road.

See tonight's Evening Star for full details…

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