The NHS is to make it easier to compare success and failure of English hospitals by publishing death rates and other tables on its own website.
The Department of Health will publish the Mortality Ratio on the NHS Choices site, allowing patients to compare death rates at their nearest hospitals.
The NHS says the move is part of a commitment to sharing more information.
It follows a damning report into failings at Stafford Hospital, triggered by its high mortality rates.
Hooray! This is, as far as it goes, a good move by the government. However, the point of being able to view mortality rates—hopefully weighted by operation risk—is a reasonable first step. However, since you can, if I recall correctly, now only choose between three hospitals in your local area; as such, if all three of your local hospitals are totally shit, you're a bit screwed.
Besides, your humble Devil's first thought was: "I wonder how NuLabour will contrive to screw this one up."