Heart surgeons are to be rated according to bypass surgery success

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1053
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Britain's heart surgeons are to be publicly graded on their performance on a three star rating system that classes them according to the survival rates of their patients.

    The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons says it has opted for the scheme to forestall government plans to introduce performance league tables. The society argues that the government's plans would penalise consultants who take on high risk patients.

    Rather than covering all cardiac surgery, the ratings will be based on coronary artery bypass grafts without additional procedures, conducted on adults having cardiac surgery for the first time. The …

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