Specialised multidisciplinary team can solve problems of distance

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7017.1431b (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1431
  1. Augustin Cabre,
  2. Kevin P Gibbin,
  3. Mark Henley,
  4. Robert N Nashed
  1. Senior house officer in plastic surgery Consultant ear, nose, and throat surgeon Consultant plastic surgeon Consultant orthodontist Subregional Cleft Lip and Palate Service, City Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham NG5 1PB

    EDITOR,--We believe the editorial on managing cleft lip and palate to be misleading.1 The Eurocleft study indicated that the outcome of repair of cleft lip and palate was inversely proportional to the number of operators.2 To suggest that cleft surgery services should be devolved to local hospitals with multiple operators undertaking few procedures therefore seems illogical and is also at odds with the situation in continental Europe, where cleft surgery is concentrated into a small number of centres.

    Anatomical specialisation seems logical, but the suggestion that high volume operators in adult maxillofacial …

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