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London hospital publishes mortality data for individual surgeons

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7488.384-b (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:384
  1. Colleen Shannon
  1. London

    Another UK hospital, this time in London, has started publishing mortality data for operations performed by individual cardiothoracic surgeons.

    At least two other hospitals—Manchester Heart Centre and Papworth Hospital in Cambridge—have taken this step, but St George's hospital, a teaching hospital, is the first in London to do so. The hospital posted the data on its website and has promised to supply similar information in the future for other surgical specialties.

    Patient advocates gave the publication a guarded welcome. “We have said in the past that performance information hasn't been fine tuned enough for the individual patient who is debating whether to consent to …

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