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Is there any use in publishing surgeons’ death rates?

Today sees the publication of surgeons’ death rates on the MyNHS website (see Guardian and BBC stories). The website presents full lists of surgeons by specialty alongside either blue circles with a large ‘OK’ inside, grey circles with question marks, or green circles with ticks, to reflect, respectively, whether the surgeons’ risk adjusted mortality (or other significant morbidity) falls within expected limits or is a negative or positive outlier. 339 more words

NHS

Nurses on strike

Monday saw the first strike by health service staff in England and Wales for 32 years. This dispute surrounds the refusal of the government to implement a 1% pay rise recommended by the NHS pay review body. 787 more words

Health Economics

Hippocrates -- the missing duty

Hippocrates missed something big — a doctor’s responsibility to improve the care of other doctors.  OK he did get some things right — here are his points from the 5th century BC: 334 more words

High Cost Of Care