Letters Independent sector treatment centres

Quality of joint replacements not so bad?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4401 (Published 28 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4401
  1. Paul E L Evans, consultant orthopaedic surgeon
  1. 1Peninsula ISTC, Plymouth PL6 5XP
  1. evans.orthopaedics{at}gmail.com

    Some of the facts in Nick Clarke’s review of Panorama’s recent programme on independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) cannot go unchallenged.1

    He refers to a recent study about poor clinical results of joint replacement operations at the Weston NHS Treatment Centre in Somerset.2 Patients who had hip and knee replacements there had a significantly higher early reoperation rate than would …

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