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Letters Day of the week and surgical mortality

Media wrongly jump to blame junior doctors for increased surgical mortality at weekends

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3992
  1. Peter M Thomson, foundation year 2 doctor1
  1. 1West Midlands Deanery, Birmingham B17 9RP, UK
  1. peter.thomson1{at}

The media reaction to Aylin and colleagues’ analysis of the effect of the day of elective surgery on mortality fails to appreciate the authors’ conclusion that the reasons behind an increased mortality remain unknown.”1 Although the article suggests that the increased mortality could be due to reduced or locum staffing, …

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