Letters Doctors’ performance

Don’t blame individuals for organisational failures

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5058 (Published 31 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5058
  1. David Mitchell, chair, audit committee1,
  2. Ross Naylor, president1,
  3. Michael Wyatt, honorary secretary1
  1. 1Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, UK
  1. david.c.mitchell{at}nbt.nhs.uk

The Vascular Society has published numerous reports on the performance of vascular procedures.1 In March 2012, we published mortality data after elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair for every trust in the UK and were disappointed that it was not accepted for publication in the BMJ.2 The report showed that a quality …

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