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Surgery outcomes are to be made public—but a five year wait is likely

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39322.627743.DB (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:416
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The Royal College of Surgeons of England plans to make information on the performance of individual hospital units in all types of surgery publicly available in the next five years.

    However, press reports have said that proposals to make data on surgical outcomes public would be included in the NHS operating framework for 2008-9 (Guardian, 28 Aug, p 1).

    The move is seen as the best way to provide reliable information on which to base NHS commissioning decisions and the recertification of surgeons, as well as to help patients decide where they …

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