STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
BOTH Son Dureta hospital in Palma and Manacor hospital have been flagged up yet again by an annual governmental poll in Madrid, “Top 20” as being leaders in their fields.

The University hospital of Son Dureta is amongst the country's top 20 for the fifth year running and the foundation hospital in Manacor is considered one of Spain's best for treating respiratory conditions.

Hospitals earmarked by “Top 20” in their research jointly registered 20 percent less mortality, 12 percent less accident and illness complications than other major health centres. They also showed that patients in the flagship hospitals stayed an average of 11 percent less time in care than other institutions. A new addition this year to the poll process was the bench marking in the efficacy of how health centres treated respiratory conditions. The study carried out in-depth analysis of 14 5 hospitals, 119 of them public (53.8 percent of the total), and 26 private. Each of the participants gave access and information on a voluntary basis. Those regions emerging with the best results were The Balearics, The Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla y Leon, Castill-La Mancha, Catalonia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia and Valencia.

Criteria for quality evaluation were based on operational and economic efficiency according to size and services offered. The best large regional hospitals providing specialised treatment were Son Dureta (Palma); the Clinic hospital (Barcelona); Virgen de la Arrixaca (Murcia); and Universitario (Salamanca).

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