Vascular surgeons are to become the first to have their golfing performance data published by the NHS, including information on their handicaps, driving distance, putting accuracy and average bar spend. It will appear in the next edition of the Telegraph’s golfing supplement.
‘The public have the right to know how their surgeon is performing on the fairways and the greens,’ said Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. ‘It is only through transparency on performance that the public can have confidence in the golfing prowess of the person taking a knife to them.’
But the move has been overshadowed by some surgeons refusing to have their data published, leading to speculation that they spend all their time hacking the ball out of the rough or bunkers. Mr Hunt has confirmed these surgeons will be challenged to a 9-hole MPs-versus-consultants play-off at Wentworth with the losing team buying dinner.
The Health Secretary has defended the move. ‘When you’re about to be opened up for a heart transplant, which surgeon would you want operating on you: the one who can hole a 10ft putt or the one who regularly tees off into the water? It’s pretty obvious.’