Heart surgery death rates published

A group of surgeons have published their individual mortality rates for the first time. As well as revealing the percentage of patients who died, they have included information on the risk factors of operations, such as old age and a heart in poor condition.

This is a great victory for patients and the public’s right to know. Yet many heart surgeons are still refusing to make this information.

The Guardian
Sarah Boseley, health editor
Friday March 4, 2005

Twenty-five surgeons from north-west England publish their individual mortality rates for heart operations today, setting a precedent for other doctors who are under pressure from the public to reveal their results.

The surgeons say they hope their move will promote openness and transparency within the NHS.

Read the full article on the Guardian’s website.