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Scottish audit shows wide variation in use of day surgery

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1600 (Published 08 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1600
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Use of same day surgery varies widely across Scotland, a review has found. It concludes that £8m could be freed up by increasing usage.

    The percentage of surgical procedures carried out as day cases has continued to rise in Scotland since targets were first introduced in the 1990s, and all Scottish NHS boards have improved performance. In 2006-7 targets were met on 10 of 19 specific procedures, the audit shows, whereas in 2002-3 only seven of 19 were met.

    However, Audit Scotland, which audits public spending, found that the national variation could not be explained by differences …

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