Doctors accused of fixing death rates: Staff at Bolton NHS Trust accused of reclassifying cause of death to cover up poor care Cause of death noted as serious illness when it was actually poor care69 of 150 cases wrongly coded as septicaemia, investigation findsMounting evidence that UK hospitals altered figures to cover up neglect By Sophie Borland Health Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:58 GMT, 7 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:02 GMT, 7 March 2013 Doctors are suspected of altering figures to mask the numbers of patients dying needlessly in hospital. An investigation found that medical staff at Bolton NHS Trust were routinely ‘reclassifying’ the cause of death on patients’ records. It is feared staff noted that the deaths were caused by serious, incurable illnesses when in fact they were the result of poor care.
Council fined 30,000 for health and safety failures at warehouse blaze which killed four firefightersFour firefighters died tackling blaze in Warwickshire in 2007 | UPDATED: 16:34 GMT, 7 December 2012 A local authority has been fined 30,000 for health and safety failures linked to a warehouse blaze in which four firefighters died. Mr Justice MacDuff said the fine imposed on Warwickshire County Council reflected deficiencies in record-keeping and information given to fire crews at the time of the tragedy in November 2007.