More or Less

Tomorrow’s More or Less covers a life-or-death statistic that is calculated for most NHS hospitals. Regulators think it’s a helpful indicator of hospital quality; the newspapers think it’s a measure of how many people die because of poor care, and the British Medical Journal has called for it to be scrapped. Who’s right?

We also speak to one of the last men to interview the late, great Martin Gardner, who died on Saturday.

And important questions: who would win in a fight – a shark, or a toaster?

That’s More or Less, 1.30pm BST on Friday, and podcast on the More or Less website.

Tim Harford’s blog

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Tim, also known as the Undercover Economist, writes about the economics of everyday life.