North District Hospital and United Christian Hospital are the worst among 17 public hospitals for surgery, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday, citing findings by the Hospital Authority.
North District Hospital in Sheung Shui and United Christian in Kwun Tong are the worst public hospitals for emergency procedures and pre-booked operations, respectively.
The authority reviewed the outcomes of more than 24,000 major surgeries and ranked the 17 hospitals according to actual deaths against a ratio of expected deaths from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.
Paul Lai Bosan, director of the annual surgical outcomes monitoring and improvement program, gave no reason for United Christian’s unsatisfactory performance, saying the review is ongoing.
He said the poor performance of North District Hospital might be due to relatively fewer surgeons and more elderly patients.
The overall death rate during emergency surgeries in 2013-14 was 7.7 percent, the report said.
Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam topped the ranking in emergency surgery while Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan was the best for elective surgeries.
Tuen Mun Hospital, which has been ranked lowest in surgery performance for the past five years, showed an improvement in the death rate.
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