Scottish health service is ordered to release data on surgeons' performanceBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7530.1424-d (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1424
- Bryan Christie
The Scottish health service has been ordered to release information to the media on the death rate data for named surgeons, under freedom of information legislation.
The order comes after a successful appeal by two newspapers, the Scotsman and Sunday Times, against a decision by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) to refuse to make the information public. Scotland's information commissioner, Kevin Dunion, has ruled that there is a legitimate public interest in releasing the data. The NSS was meeting this week to decide whether to …