Surgeons Fear Being Vilified By Release Of Mortality Figures

(Last Updated On: June 28, 2013)

There were fears last night about the scapegoating of successful doctors after the public release of surgical mortality data revealed that a third of patients died under the knife of a respected consultant.

The statistics, relating to more than 450 doctors who perform surgery involving blood vessels, were released yesterday morning – the first in a Department of Health bid to “drive better care”.

Before their publication online, Norman Williams, president of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), said the publication should not be viewed as a means of “trashing professional reputations”.

Yesterday, one consultant found himself under huge scrutiny and pressure from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s “revolution in transparency”. Simon Payne, a consultant vascular surgeon at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, was ranked bottom in his field in England.

The Independent

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