UK Health Secretary agrees with Statistics Authority on health statistics

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 28 November 2012
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The Royal Statistical Society has noted that recent correspondence between UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the chair of the UK Statistics Authority Andrew Dilnot has implied that a group of representatives may be set up to assess how statistics on health are currently being produced.

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Last month, Andrew Dilnot contacted Jeremy Hunt concerning the amount of data currently being produced for health statistics and urged a need for clarity and consistency. He also sent in a review on ‘the accessibility of official statistics on health which identified “22 UK organisations that produce official statistics relating to health, and a further 21 that publish relevant statistics but which are not currently formally recognised as producers of official statistics.”’

Dilnot further asked that health statistics be published as a whole, rather than separately from different administrations and recommended the establishment of an online directory of health statistics. Hunt has welcomed the idea of a group of representatives being set up and that Public Health England, the government’s reform plan on public healthcare launching next April already includes many of the organisations that Dilnot had mentioned in his review.

With regards to the production of official statistics, Hunt said that his department were working with the Cabinet Office to ensure ‘that appropriate organisations in the new architecture are properly listed’ and may be referring to Dilnot’s proposal for an online directory by adding that the Health and Social Care Information Centre would be a ‘focal point for national data’ and that the main aim ‘envisages a single comprehensive portal for health data’.

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