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More money needed for accurate data on doctors’ performance

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1270
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

Doctors have called for substantial investment in data on their performance to ensure that the public gets an accurate picture of results. The call has come after news that the government will soon publish the death rates of patients having surgery in NHS hospitals in England.

The first data will cover procedures such as hip and knee replacements, oesophageal surgery, and correction of aortic aneurysms.

Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, told the Guardian that this was likely to happen “within weeks or months” and would be put on the NHS Choices website this summer (

Initially, data will be published on hospital units’ performance; information about individual clinicians will follow. …

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