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The stick approach would be to have a concerted effort by the NHFD to record and analyse the causes and timings of deaths in patients with hip fractures within 30?days of surgery. Although #links# a funnel plot of the 30?day mortality rates, raw and adjusted for case mix, is provided with the annual NHFD report [24], there is a real paucity of data on why such patients die in the peri-operative pe