NHS data plans 'a leap'
Plans to publish surgery data represent a "leap" for the the health service, but will help make care more patient-centred, the chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board has said.
Sir David Nicholson told the Today Programme that the move would also give patients the power and the information to influence clinical care in hospitals.
From next summer, it will be a contractual obligation for hospitals to publish mortality rates after surgeries.
"All the evidence shows us about this is you just have to take the leap," Sir David said.
"At some stage, you just have to do it. And the accuracy will improve significantly and the behaviors will start to change...
"What you need is patients with power, with influence, with information. You need clinicians with resources, the tools, the money to enable the change to happen and then you need incentives in the system to make it happen."
Meanwhile, senior doctors have suggested that the staffing cuts in private out-of-hours services provided by leading healthcare provider Harmoni is leaving patients at risk.
The company has also been accused of trying to mask this failure by misleading the information. Harmoni rejected any suggestion that it had cut costs in a way that compromised the quality of the service.