Surgical tools used in NHS operations 'substandard'
27 June 2011 Last updated at 11:26 BST
The BBC has discovered that poor-quality surgical instruments are being supplied to the NHS.
Panorama has found that the shoddy equipment, which is imported, could leave patients vulnerable to potentially life-threatening injury or infection.
The medical products regulatory agency, the MHRA, said it had no evidence of non-compliant instruments being supplied to the health service.
Samantha Poling reports.
You can see more of this report on Panorama, Monday 27th June, on BBC1 at 8.30