Bmj Usa: Letter

RAPID RESPONSES FROM BMJ.COM: Non-attendance at surgery

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E91
  1. Umo I Esen, consultant obstetrician & gynecologist (
  1. South Tyneside Healthcare Trust, UK
  2. R&D general practice, Exeter EX1 1SR, UK

    This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

    Editor—The article by Hardy et al and the recent editorial by Sharp and Hamilton1 draw attention to the perennial problem of non-attendance at outpatient clinics. However, the impact of non-attendance for surgery, on health services, remains largely uninvestigated, despite the fact that cancellations on the day of surgery are an important parameter in the compilation of hospital league tables. Non-attendance for surgery on a case-by-case estimate is more …

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