The Guardian newspaper has reported further information on the forthcoming online surgical performance data.

Writing on 13 June 2013, David Batty said:

The value of the NHS league table for surgeons has been cast into doubt after it emerged that consultants can opt out of the system that rates their individual performance.

NHS England conceded on Wednesday evening that consultants could legally refuse to hand over performance data, including how many people die in their operating theatres, under the Data Protection Act.

About 4% of consultants across the country have opted out of providing performance data to the league tables due to be published by all NHS trusts this summer.

For an earlier post on this issue, use this link.

 

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