The questions raised in the House of Commons on 8 May and the corresponding answers, suggested the publication date of the report had been decided by the LeDeR team at the University of Bristol. This was not the case. All communication about the report, prior to and subsequent to its publication, was directed by NHS England, as was the date of its publication.
The number of completed reviews prior to November 2017 was limited as is evidenced in the report. Over recent months the number of completed reviews has been increasing. In April we received 55 completed mortality review reports. We are now starting to collect more evidence about the impact of the review process – notably actions that are being taken locally as a result of the mortality reviews.