Global hospital rankings show none of UK's institutions fall within the top 25

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None of the NHS’s hospitals feature in a list of the world’s 25 best, according to a league table released today.

Top spots were dominated by hospitals in the US, with sites in Canada, Germany, France, Sweden and Israel also featuring in the ten best.

Britain’s first entry on the global rankings — compiled by Newsweek and Statista — wasn’t until 41, with London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.

Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital came bottom of the pile when the analysis was broken down to just sites in the UK.

Campaigners today blasted the NHS results as ‘disappointing’ and said they ‘raised serious questions’ about Britain’s health service.

But bosses at the Department of Health said they were ‘proud of the excellent care provided’ by the NHS. 

The above shows the ten best and worst NHS hospitals in the UK. The best were most located in the capital, although two were also in Newcastle. The worst were dotted across the country

The above shows the ten best and worst NHS hospitals in the UK. The best were most located in the capital, although two were also in Newcastle. The worst were dotted across the country

The annual World’s Best Hospitals table, which has now been running for four years, ranks 2,200 hospitals in 27 countries, including Brazil, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Colombia.

Each hospital analysed is given a score from 0 to 100. Not all of the NHS’s hospitals were included in the snapshot. 

It is based on surveys from 80,000 medical experts and thousands of patients. Key performance indicators — such as waiting times and the ratio of doctors to patients — are also taken into account.

Revealed: Top ten hospitals globally

Below are the ten best hospitals globally, according to Newsweek and Statista: 

Hospital

1. Mayo Cl., Roch.

2. Cleveland Clinic

3. Mass. Hosp.

4. Toronto General

5. Charite, Berlin

6. J. Hopkins Hosp.

7. AP-HP, Paris

8. Karolinska Uni.

9. UCLA Health

10. Sheba Medical 

Country

US

US

US

Canada

Germany

US

France

Sweden

US

Israel 

Newsweek says that scores are only comparable between hospitals in the same country, because they are based on the same performance measures.

Its report: ‘A score of 90 in country A doesn’t necessarily mean this hospital is better than a hospital with a score of 87 in country B.’

The Department of Health said the NHS was asked to pay towards the rankings every year, and said they were effectively a ‘paid advertorial’. 

A spokesperson said: ‘We are proud of the excellent care provided, free at the point of use, in hospitals throughout the country, and continue to work hard to ensure the best care is there for people when they need it.

‘Our record investment in the NHS hospitals and other healthcare services includes an extra £2 billion this year and £8 billion over the next three years.’ 

But campaign groups today warned it suggested the NHS was not meeting the standards seen in other countries. 

John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Given the new health and social care levy, British taxpayers may well wonder whether they are getting value for money.

‘Healthcare bosses must ensure the NHS is offering all patients get the level of care they need.’

He added: ‘These rankings raise serious questions about NHS performance and how it really compares to other countries’.

Emily Fielder, of the Adam Smith Institute thinktank, said: ‘It is disappointing, but not surprising, that despite being the fifth largest economy in the world, a UK hospital does not even rank in the top 40.

‘The fact that the methodology used key performance indicators for quality of care and patient safety, and patient experience to come to this conclusion is indicative of the abject failure of the NHS to deliver for patients.’ 

The US dominated the list of top 50 hospitals, netting as many as 14 of the positions.

Germany took the second-most top spots, with six, followed by Switzerland, four, and Canada, France and Japan, which each had three.

Just one UK hospital — St Thomas’ in London — was in the top 50. 

Looking at the top 10 hospitals in the UK, half were in the capital. Newcastle had two of the best, while Cambridge, Oxford and Birmingham each had one.

Of the 10 worst, these were mostly dotted across rural areas with two in both the North West and South West.

The Midlands, East of England, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, London and Northern Ireland each had one of the worst. 

It comes after the NHS last year lost its rating as the best healthcare system in the world, after seven years on top of the charts.

The Commonwealth Fund thinktank’s report put the UK’s service at fourth best, out of 11 wealthy countries. It said Norway, the Netherlands and Australia now all provide better care.

The slip down the rankings was blamed on delays for patients accessing care and treatment, a lack of investment in the service and poverty.

NHS waiting lists have spiralled to record highs following the pandemic, with 6.1million people in England now in the queue for care. 

But Government estimates suggest this could double over the coming years as patients who have stayed away due to the virus start to come forward.

Boris Johnson is set to hike taxes by 1.25 per cent from next month to bring in an extra £12billion-a-year for the NHS.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has also unveiled targets to end two-year waits for care by July, and one year waits by March 2025.

But Labour, health unions and even a senior Tory have slammed them as ‘not being ambitious enough’ and ‘falling seriously short’ of expectations. 

The best and worst hospitals in the UK: Ranked 

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Hospital

St Thomas’ Hospital

Uni. College Hospital

Addenbrooke’s

John Radcliffe Hospital

St. Bartholomew’s

Guy’s Hospital

Chel. and Westminster

Queen Elizabeth Hosp.

Freeman Hospital

Royal Victoria Infirmary

Salford Royal

St Richard’s Hospital

East Surrey Hospital

Wythenshawe Hospital

King’s College Hospital

Royal London Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

St Mary’s Hospital

Worthing Hospital

Leeds General Infirmary

Hexham General 

Frimley Park Hospital

Royal Free Hospital

Northern General 

Bristol Royal Infirmary

Royal Derby Hospital

Manchester Royal 

Homerton Uni. Hospital

BMI London Hosp.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Royal Hallamshire 

Royal Berkshire Hospital

Royal Infirmary of Edin.

Nottingham Uni. Hosps.

Southampton General 

Hammersmith Hospital

St Helens Hospital

Princess Grace Hospital

Royal Devon and Exeter 

St James’s Hospital

St George’s Hospital

Uni. Hospital Of Wales

Nuffield Health

Musgrove Park Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Hosp.

Tameside General 

Kingston Hospital

Stoke Mandeville 

Poole Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Hosp.

Royal Surrey Hospital

The Whittington Hospital

Chapel Allerton Hospital

The London Clinic

New Cross Hospital

Southmead Hospital

Northumbria Hospital

Whiston Hospital

Glenfield Hospital

Royal United Hospital

Harrogate Hospital

King’s Mill Hospital

Conquest Hospital

Bupa Cromwell Hospital

Trafford General 

Heatherwood Hospital

Royal Bolton Hospital

Royal Victoria Hospital

St John’s Hospital

Basingstoke Hospital

Calderdale Royal 

Nottingham Uni. Hosps.

Uni. Hospital – Coventry

Crawley Hospital

Withington Hospital

Luton and Dunstable 

North Tyneside General 

Wexham Park Hospital

Clifton Hospital

Golden Jubilee National 

Wellington Hospital

Grantham Hospital

Royal Albert Infirmary

Charing Cross Hospital

Burnley General Hospital

The Alexandra Hospital

Southend Hospital

Castle Hill Hospital

Hospital Of St Cross

Warwick Hospital

Bassetlaw Hospital

Q. Elizabeth Hosp. – Lon. 

The York Hospital

Horton General Hospital

Northampton General 

Norfolk Uni. Hospital

James Paget Hospital

Brighton General 

Princess Royal Hospital

Eastbourne Hospital

The James Cook Hospital

Darlington Memorial 

Newark Hospital

Uni. Hosp. Of Hartlepool

West Suffolk Hospital

Barnsley Hospital

Cheltenham General 

City Hospital Birm.

Queen Mary’s Hospital

Chesterfield Royal 

Epsom Hospital

Broadgreen Hospital

Uni. Hosp. Of N. Durham

Bradford Royal Infirmary

Darent Valley Hospital

Royal Hampshire County

Leicester Royal Infirmary

Royal Blackburn Hospital

West Middlesex Hospital

South West Acute

Derriford Hospital

Location

London

London

Cambridge

Oxford

London

London

London

Birmingham

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Salford

Chichester

Redhill

Manchester

London

London

London

London

Worthing

Leeds

Hexham

Camberley

London

Sheffield

Bristol

Derby

Manchester

London

London

Glasgow

Sheffield

Reading

Edinburgh

Nottingham

Southampton

London

St. Helens

London

Exeter

Leeds

London

Cardiff

Leeds

Taunton

Glasgow

Ashton Under Lyne

Kingston Upon Thames

Buckinghamshire

Poole

Gateshead

Guildford

London

Leeds

London

Wolverhampton

Bristol

Cramlington

Prescot

Leicester

Bath

Harrogate

Sutton-In-Ashfield

St. Leonards-on-Sea

London

Manchester

Ascot

Bolton

Belfast

Livingston

Basingstoke

Halifax

Nottingham

Coventry

Crawley

Manchester

Luton

North Shields

Slough

Lytham St. Annes

Glasgow

London

Grantham

Wigan

London

Burnley

Cheadle

Westcliff-on-Sea

Cottingham

Rugby

Warwick

Worksop

London

York

Banbury

Northampton

Norwich

Great Yarmouth

Brighton

Haywards Heath

Eastbourne

Middlesbrough

Darlington

Newark

Hartlepool

Bury St. Edmunds

Barnsley

Cheltenham

Birmingham

London

Chesterfield

Epsom

Liverpool

Durham

Bradford

Dartford

Winchester

Leicester

Blackburn

Isleworth

Enniskillen

Plymouth

The above list does not include every NHS hospital. Italics show hospitals that are privately owned.  

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