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Warning: This post was published more than 12 years ago.

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From today’s Society Guardian:

The publication of the mortality rates of individual surgeons could have a “devastating effect” on the quality of care, leading some to refuse to perform risky operations, senior doctors warned today.

Is this not obvious? The surgeons who want the best figures will choose the patients least likely to die. Those that take on the difficult cases will be demonised by the media.

Common sense can see that – unfortunately, the Labour government can’t. Which is yet another reason why they have to go.

This 346th post was filed under: Election 2005.






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