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'Some surgeons are now avoiding certain types of surgery'

Performance data for thousands of NHS surgeons is being published on Wednesday. The government says the initiative will improve transparency and drive up standards in the health service. But critics, including some surgeons, say the figures misinform the public.

Today programme presenter Sarah Montague spoke to Ian Martin, from the Federation of Surgical Speciality Associations, and Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS England.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 19 November.

  • 19 Nov 2014
  • From the section Health