Scotland has wide health care variations

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:578

Medical practice in Scotland is again being subjected to government scrutiny with the publication of the latest set of statistics on clinical outcomes, which show unexplained variations across the country.

The report is the third produced in the past 20 months which examines the results of treatment at individual hospitals and by health board area. It compares survival rates for four common cancers; readmission rates after common surgical operations; and rates of caesarean section and other aspects of childbirth …

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