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14
Jun

Hunt wants total transparency in new tables


Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says that the government will name any doctor who chooses not to disclose details of their performance, as they have no valid reason not to disclose their patient death rates.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says that the government will name any doctor who chooses not to disclose details of their performance, as they have no valid reason not to disclose their patient death rates.

The Guardian reports that Hunt has asked officials to draw up plans to publish the patient death rates of NHS doctors as early as next month and he wants every consultant to be obliged to disclose the details.

He said that this will be a major step forward in restoring public confidence in the NHS and it will shine a light on variation and unacceptable practice. However, doctors may be covered by data protection laws, based on legal advice that publishing the data without consent could breach the Data Protection Act.

An NHS England spokesman told The Guardian that any objections to the plans were minor as the vast majority of consultants (96%) opted in to the publication of this data.

 

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