Patients die after surgery as the NHS cuts corners
Thousands of patients are dying because the NHS cuts corners on operations for the critically ill, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned.
Life-or-death surgery is not taken as seriously as routine operations in a system with illogical targets. Patients with conditions such as a burst appendix, gallstones or abdominal problems are suffering the most unpredictable care.
In some hospitals, one in five patients dies within a month of such surgery yet elsewhere only one in twenty dies, with no clear reason for the difference, a report seen by The Times concludes. For some procedures, ten times as many patients