§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence she has of the complication rates in terms of morbidity and mortality of surgeons who are more specialised and have high operative activity rates.
§ Mr. Sackville
Detailed information is not available centrally. The medical profession holds the view, supported by a number of studies, that patients receive higher standards of treatment when referred to surgeons who have developed specialised expertise and treat high volumes of patients.