HEALTH : Day patients feel cheated

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Day surgery patients may be sent home before they feel ready and without adequate care to recover at home, according to Which? magazine. While most patients are happy, a significant number feel they have been cast adrift while still feeling unwell.

Half of all planned operations across the UK - more than 2 million per year are now carried out as day surgery. But one in 10 patients surveyed said they would have preferred a night in hospital and only 20 per cent said they were offered a choice between day surgery and an overnight stay.

t Which? Subscriptions, Consumers Association, PO Box 44, Hertford SG14 1SH. Glenda Cooper

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