Letters Doctors’ performance

Professional societies can lead the way on transparency but will need support

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5075 (Published 31 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5075
  1. Simon Ray, vice president for clinical standards1,
  2. Iain Simpson, president1
  1. 1British Cardiovascular Society, London W1T 5HW, UK
  1. simon.ray{at}uhsm.nhs.uk

Tavare and Godlee ask what national professional societies are doing about professional transparency and outcome data.1 2 Such transparency should be part of a wider package of measures to improve services to patients.3

Clinicians are suspicious about outcomes based on poor quality data, such as hospital episode statistics, and experience of cardiac surgery shows that …

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