04/10/2013 10:18 EDT | Updated 06/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Five Metro Vancouver Hospitals Rate Lowest In Canada

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Five of the nine lowest-rated hospitals in Canada are in Metro Vancouver according to a new Canada-wide rating developed by CBC's fifth estate.

Burnaby Hospital, Ridge Meadows Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, UBC Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital all received the lowest rating — a "D" — in the study that based its assessment on data collected from hospitals by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

The study used five of 21 clinical performance indicators, such as re-admission rates, rates of patients who died after major surgery and unexpected complications tied to low nursing levels like bed sores or urinary tract infections.

Toronto cardiologist, Dr. Jack Tu, advised the CBC on the data.

"I wouldn't neccessarily panic. I think we do need to get to the bottom of why these hospitals are getting the Ds and there are likely factors that can be done to improve the ratings," he said.

"I think it needs to be investigated but if I were living in the Lower Mainland, I would still encourage patients to go to their local hospitals."

The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority said it does not agree with the findings. It says in a recent survey, more than 90 percent of patients described their care as good to excellent.

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