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Many serious surgeries cancelled on the day, study finds


A significant number of patients requiring serious surgery are having operations postponed, a study suggests.

Research led by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and University College London looked at more than 26,000 cases in a seven-day period in March last year, across 245 UK hospitals.

They found one in seven operations were cancelled on the day of surgery.

However, researchers acknowledged it was likely this figure would be lower during quieter periods of the year.

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