An independent analysis produced for the BBC says the NHS was a "below-average" performer on preventing deaths from heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
We run a health system with very scarce resources in terms of staff and equipment and achieve poor outcomes in some vital areas like cancer survival," said Nigel Edwards, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust think tank.
Think tanks looked at performance on the 12 most common causes of death. It found the NHS performed worse than average on eight of them.
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