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SCTS / RCS response to Government’s commitment to greater transparency in the NHS

07 July 2011

Responding to the commitment today (6 July) by the Government to increase transparency for NHS patients, Professor David Taggart, President of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, said:

“The Government’s commitment to making NHS practice more transparent is excellent news for patients. The medical profession and NHS has been slow in providing accessible and reliable information that allows patients to make informed choices about their treatment options. UK cardiac surgeons have been publishing individual surgeons’ results for over a decade, yet despite clearly demonstrating that this practice is cost-effective and proven to significantly improve quality of care, we remain the only specialty to do so. We strongly believe that the key to the success of our enterprise has been that the data has been gathered by clinicians, analysed by clinicians and published by clinicians for the benefit of their patients.”

John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said:

“Patients have a right to know where they can access the best possible care in order to make informed choices about their treatment options, therefore, today’s commitment by the Government to increase transparency throughout the NHS is supported by the RCS. Cardiac surgeons have clearly demonstrated that transparency and public accountability drives up standards of patient care while reducing costs as areas of poor practice are resolved. If today’s announcement leads to increased funding for clinical audit it can only be good news for patients.”


Notes to Editor

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