Exception reporting rises in England

Exception reporting rates for England have risen for the first time in three years.

Figures released by the NHS Information Centre show overall exception rate rose to 5.41% in 2009/10, up from an all-time low of 4.87% in the previous year.

The NHS Information Centre said the rise was due in part to new clinical indicators.

Exception reporting had been falling since 2006/07, when it reached 5.83%. In successive years rates fell to 5.26% in 2007/08 and 4.87% in 2008/09.

Rates varied across indicators from 0.05% to 61.54%. Eight of 16 indicators had increased exception reporting in 2009/10 compared to the previous year.

Four of these – in COPD, depression, diabetes and heart failure domains – had new or revised indicators in 2009/10.

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