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Scottish trusts miss cataract surgery targets

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7119.1327e (Published 22 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1327
  1. Alison Boulton
  1. London

    The NHS in Scotland could save £1.47m ($2.35m) a year if the number of cataract operations performed as day cases increased to 80% of the total number of cataract operations, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).

    The target of 80% by 1997 was originally made by the Scottish Home and Health Department in 1992. The department found that not only was day surgery cheaper than inpatient treatment—with no difference in patient outcome—but many patients preferred it, provided that they received “good, full information” before and after their operations.

    Five years later, the NAO found that only 1 out of …

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