Death rates of surgeons should not be published

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.615/b (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:615
  1. Douglas Black, forner chief scientist, Department of Health and Social Security
  1. Ironbridge, Telford TF8 7DW

    EDITOR—Surgical organisations seem generally to have accepted the proposal to publish the death rates of individual surgeons. As a physician of sorts, although soon to be deregistered, I stand amazed. Although surgeons have rightly questioned the validity of rates that depend predominately on the nature of the problem and on the previous health of the patient, …

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