Letters Publishing individual surgeons’ death rates

Publish rates of health gain resulting from treatment

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6026 (Published 09 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6026
  1. Andrew J Vallance-Owen, member, NHS England PROMs Advisory Group1
  1. 1Barnet EN4 0EP, UK
  1. vallanca1{at}gmail.com

Westaby and Nelson and colleagues marshal strong arguments suggesting that cardiac and neurosurgeons might seek to avoid operating on high risk patients if their individual death rates are put in the public domain.1 2

I wonder if this debate on the small number of people who die as a result of their treatment is …

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