Surgeons should beware of plans to print individual performance

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7343.979/a (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:979
  1. Nicholas Pace (np@blanefield.com), consultant anaesthetist
  1. Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT

    EDITOR—Before the NHS proceeds much further with the idea of publishing details of the performance of individual surgeons,1 note ought to be taken of experience in the United States, the country with most experience in the public release of such data. The main consequence will be a reluctance to treat riskier patients.

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