Patient safety is more important than efficiency

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7333.365a (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:365
  1. John S M Zorab, consultant anaesthetist emeritus, Frenchay Hospital Bristol (JZorab@compuserve.com)
  1. Holmray Cottage Park Street, Iron Acton Bristol, BS37 9UJ

    EDITOR—In his letter Isaac, a staff anaesthesiologist in the United States, suggests the establishment of outpatient surgical facilities.1 I am well aware that “office surgery” has been heavily promulgated recently in the United States on the grounds of “efficiency,” financial or otherwise.

    In the United Kingdom general anaesthesia as an outpatient in the …

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