IS 21% CORRECT?
The health issues news service I use, care2.com, had an article posted today that claimed the UK has had a 21% increase in maternal childbirth deaths over the past year. It also claimed that the average salary for physicians in the UK is now higher than in the US, thanks to a new agreement between physicians and the NHS, whereas there is a hiring FREEZE for midwifes.
As the late David Falk would have said, interesting, if true. My problem is that I have found it unwise to take press reports(even those vetted by well-meaning folks like those at care2.com) at face value. After all, the much admired New York Times assured us a few years ago that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
Are these statistics accurate? Are there interesting issues here (along with the usual costly bout of Humean sympathy I am so prone to) for consideration under the topic of, say, "justice in the distribution of health care resources?" Will this be the occasion on which I loose those rose colored glasses through which I view all things "English?"