College admits that 10 vascular surgeons need to have their mortality rates reviewed

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 30 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4830
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Ten vascular surgeons have been asked to check their performance data after analysis showed their mortality rates were higher than expected.

The 10 were among around 450 surgeons whose mortality rates for operations such as repair of aortic aneurysms went public at the beginning of July.1 At the time the Royal College of Surgeons said that all surgeons were operating “within the range expected.” But the BBC subsequently reported that the results of 10 surgeons were sufficiently poor to raise an alert.2

The …

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