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    Death Rate for Surgery Patients Higher on the Weekend

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    According to research from Imperial College London, patients who undergo surgery later in the week have a higher probability of dying than people who go under the knife early in the week.

    According to research from Imperial College London, patients who undergo surgery later in the week have a higher probability of dying than people who go under the knife early in the week.

    Surgeries done on Friday were found to be 44 percent more likely to end in the death of a patient than surgeries carried out on a Monday.

    The researchers collected data on around 4 million non-emergency surgeries done by the National Health Service in England between 2008 and 2011.

    The death rate of patients undergoing an operation on the weekend was 82 percent higher than Monday surgeries.

    Professor Antony Narula, from the Royal College of Surgeons said: "It is not acceptable that there should be such a wide variation in the mortality rates following elective surgery, according to the day of the week the operation takes place."

    The discrepancy may be due to the lack of qualified staff on hand during the weekends to handle aftercare of patients who have had surgery.

    What do you think? Why are surgeries more dangerous later in the week?