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Death rates (1988-90)

While Bristol's performance, according to the figures, is getting worse, improvements in equipment and skill mean that in general, death rates are falling elsewhere.

This leaves the Royal Infirmary's efforts looking poor in relation to many other leading centres.

The notable exception to this is Harefield Hospital near London, where the figures suggest a massive surge in infant deaths. While a number of factors apart from the performance of doctors can influence this, it is a worrying statistic.


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