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Surgeon data 'not a league table'

28 June 2013 Last updated at 10:27 BST

The first wave of new performance data for individual surgeons in England is being published in what is being hailed as a historic moment for the NHS.

Vascular surgeons have become the first of a new group of nine specialities to publish the information, including death rates

David Mitchell is a vascular surgeon and is chair of Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

He says the publication of this data is good for patients and surgeons