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[Correspondence] Crying wolf: the misuse of hospital data

We have received a letter from the Care Quality Commission informing us that our institution, Papworth Hospital, has triggered an Imperial College Dr Foster mortality outlier alert, instigated by an apparent finding of 46 deaths for March, 2015, to February, 2016, compared with the 27·8 expected deaths.