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Emergency surgery patients' lives at risk, say surgeons

The lives of thousands of non-cardiac NHS emergency surgery patients are being risked by poor care and delays in treatment, leading surgeons say.

The Royal College of Surgeons says poor access to facilities like operating theatres and scans means some abdominal emergencies are not spotted in time.

A report by the college highlights figures that show that of 170,000 patients who undergo non-cardiac emergency operations each year, 100,000 will develop complications - and 25,000 of these patients will die.

Iain Anderson, the author of the report, explained to BBC News why he felt the health system was falling short.

  • 29 Sep 2011
  • From the section Health