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Hospitals deny patients facts on death rates


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

This (PDF) doesn’t seem such a good idea to me. Yes, it increases transparency, but such figures are never accurate, because risk factors for patients tend to be set differently by different doctors, and (dare I say it) on the particular outcome for a patient. I can’t see any particular good that will come from this information being in the public domain, but there’s a whole lot of bad that could happen, with surgeons being victimised by the tabloid press.

On a completely different level, it’s worrying to note that one of the people who teaches me has a particularly high death rate…

This 444th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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