Letters Publishing individual surgeons’ death rates

Author’s reply to Bolsin and Colson, Nelson and colleagues, and Vallance-Owen

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6032 (Published 09 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6032
  1. Stephen Westaby, consultant cardiac surgeon1
  1. 1Oxford, UK
  1. swestaby{at}ahf.org.uk

I thank Bolsin and Colson, Nelson and colleagues, and Vallance-Owen for widening the debate on surgeon specific mortality data.1 2 3 4

Writing from Australia, Bolsin and Colson want to retain focus on surgeon culpability.2 Bolsin should have disclosed that he was the anaesthetist who triggered the Bristol Inquiry. For the sake of the profession as a whole …

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