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Public reporting of surgeons’ performance

Guy J Maddern
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (8): 399-400. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10344

Without comprehensive audit, it will remain difficult to highlight problems leading to poor surgical outcomes

In November 2012, the medical director of the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) announced that within 2 years, league tables showing performance data for surgeons working in the NHS in England would be published.1 The aim of this was to expose “variation and unacceptable practice” by publishing the results of “consultant-led” teams.2 While Australian national statistics in relation to diseases treated surgically (eg, cancer, trauma), associated complication rates, such as postsurgical infection, and mortality rates are generally as good as in comparable health systems, great improvements can still be made.3

  • Guy J Maddern

  • Discipline of Surgery, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.


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