Death rates of surgeons should not be publishedBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7337.615/b (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:615
- Douglas Black, forner chief scientist, Department of Health and Social Security
- 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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