Dic­ing with death

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – I would sug­gest that the bet­ter mor­tal­ity rates of the pa­tients of fe­male sur­geons (re­port, Oc­to­ber

11) are re­lated to the fact that fe­male sur­geons are more risk-averse.

Male sur­geons are pre­pared to per­form life-sav­ing pro­ce­dures on con­di­tions with higher post-sur­gi­cal mor­tal­i­ties.

This means that some pa­tients not op­er­ated on by fe­male sur­geons die, yet they could have been saved by a male sur­geon who would have op­er­ated de­spite the high sur­gi­cal risk. Dr Richard Pri­mavesi

Lon­don W12

SIR – I agree that one of the rea­sons peo­ple are more likely to sur­vive if op­er­ated on by a woman is that they have bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

My ex­pe­ri­ence sug­gests that their male col­leagues sim­ply cut and run. Bruce Den­ness

Whitwell, Isle of Wight

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