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Inaccurate records of death

The Guardian recently ran an article discussing inaccuracies in hospital recordings of patient deaths, estimating that one in four deaths are recorded incorrectly.

When noting the cause of death for a patient, the further impact of the records is profound. The data provides a picture of health needs in the country and therefore aids key decisions related to healthcare spending and the appropriate allocation of resources.

If the full scope of the cause of death is recorded, it will provide a more holistic record for decision makers. Unsurprisingly, we are of the opinion that the more useful data the better, facilitating decision makers to allocate funds with a comprehensive knowledge.

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