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Surgeons who refuse to publish their death rates will be punished and some will quit says NHS boss

Surgeons who refuse to publish patient death rates will face penalties, a boss at NHS England has said.  Patients will be able to compare the success rate of around 5,000 consultants when data relating to procedures is published on website My NHS this week. But roughly 2,500 surgeons do not publish this information – which provides details including mortality rates and complications in surgery. Some surgeons have warned the move could lead to consultants refusing to take on difficult cases and argue the statistics do not take full account of the circumstances of each operation.

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