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Blood clot care risking lives, NICE says

27 June 2012 Last updated at 07:57 BST

Many lives could be saved if hospitals diagnosed and treated blood clots in the legs and lungs more quickly, the healthcare watchdog says.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence says some hospitals are testing for blood clots too late, risking long-term health problems and endangering lives.

It says treatment is also very patchy.

NICE is urging hospitals in England and Wales to offer tests within 24 hours of identifying possible symptoms.

Jane Hughes reports.