Death rate after bowel cancer surgery is higher than previously thought

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 12 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2379
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Numbers of deaths after surgery for bowel cancer in England are much higher than previously believed, and death rates vary significantly between hospital trusts, a new study has found.

Five trusts had rates of death within 30 days of surgery that were significantly worse than the average for England between 2003 and 2006, says a new study in Gut (doi:10.1136/gut.2010.232181). They were Burton Hospitals NHS Trust; Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, north London; Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust; Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust; and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. Three trusts had mortality significantly lower than the average: Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust; and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

But when the data were updated with provisional data for …

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