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Patients Dying Because Heart Surgeons ‘Too Chicken’ to Operate if It Could Harm Mortality Ratings

July 19, 2016

(The Telegraph) – Patients are dying because heart surgeons are too worried about their mortality ratings to operate on critically ill people, a major study has found. One surgeon claimed he had a watched a three-year-old child die waiting for a valve replacement because a doctor was “too chicken” to operate because of the potential risk to his reputation. Another warned that surgeons had “become experts in running away from difficult cases”. Patients have been able to see league tables showing how well doctors perform on an NHS website since 2014, while information about individual heart surgeons has been available for a decade.

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