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Data cables: the best medicine

Yesterday morning, just after the 7am news, the Today programme ran an article claiming that hospital league tables helped to cut deaths from operations. It followed up something similar in 2007 on an academic study looking at survival rates from heart surgery in the North West of England. Its finding, widely publicised at the time, claimed heart disease had fallen as a consequence of published league tables of surgery mortality rates. (The BBC covered the story like this.) The…

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