Emergency surgery policy briefing

Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) -  This briefing sets out the main challenges facing emergency surgery, and the high-level actions the Government and other policy-makers can take to support patients who require emergency surgical care. It highlights concerns about variations in mortality rates following emergency surgery and argues for clearer protocols and standards on how patients undergoing emergency surgery should be treated and for the NHS to measure outcomes for patients much more rigorously by publishing audits.