Letters Day case surgery

Day case surgery: not the whole answer to the NHS’s increasing demand for operations

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4877 (Published 17 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4877
  1. Shreelata T Datta, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist1
  1. 1King’s College Hospital, London SE5 4RS, UK
  1. sdatta5{at}nhs.net

Appleby’s data briefing emphasises the success of day case surgery but omits several points in an overly simplistic approach.1 The benefits of day case surgery are not in dispute, but the success rate of such operations and its correlation with symptom resolution, as well as the cost of failed day cases resulting in further follow-up care …

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