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Letters Delays in paediatric surgery

“Own goal” or patients’ penalty?

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 04 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4159
  1. Peter J Mahaffey, consultant plastic surgeon1
  1. 1Bedford Hospital, Bedford MK42 9DJ
  1. peter.mahaffey{at}

    Perhaps it’s significant that a week after publication, there were no responses to this story.1 But what is more important, or scandalous, than the news that “the number of surgeons in England who can perform routine operations on children has dwindled”? As a surgical trainee in the early 1980s, I performed most types of children’s …

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