Patients in the UK are more likely to die after surgery if they have been admitted to a smaller hospital, according to research collected by UK newspaper The Guardian.

The investigation found a huge disparity in death rates between National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in the UK.

Death rates following vascular surgery ranged from fewer than one in 50 in some hospitals to more than one in 10 in others.

Doctors in smaller hospitals are also failing to collect information that tells them how well they are performing.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director and a former heart surgeon, said: “Surgeons have a moral and professional duty to know what they are doing, how well they are doing it and to use that information to help them improve – otherwise they have no right to be doing it at all.”

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