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Letters Day of the week and surgical mortality

Hospital set up over the week explains difference in mortality for elective surgery

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 25 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3996
  1. Ajay M Verma, gastroenterology specialty registrar and endoscopy research fellow1
  1. 1Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Kettering NN16 8UZ, UK
  1. ajaymarkverma{at}

After the media tsunami to Aylin and colleagues’ analysis, I read the paper carefully to discover why the 30 day mortality for elective surgery on Monday and at the weekend is significantly different.1

The media suggest that at weekends work-shy consultants are absent, leaving junior doctors to run amok and kill patients. I have noticed that weekend elective lists are mainly waiting …

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