HSE should publish small hospital heart attack figures – Naughten



The HSE is being asked to publish figures relating to heart attack deaths in a number of small hospitals.

According to the Sunday Business Post, the combined death rate at Roscommon County Hospital, Bantry General and South Infirmary Victoria in Cork, Ennis Hospital, St John's in Limerick and St Michael's in Dublin was 12.2 percent of heart attack admissions.

That's compared to the national average of just over 6.6 percent.

They had a combined 334 cases in this category.

By comparison, Letterkenny General Hospital had a rate of 7.6%, based on 643 cases.

The Department of Health says it doesn't use small numbers as an indicator as they may be unreliable, but that approach is questioned by Independent Roscommon/South Leitrim Denis Naughten............