‘URGENT’ PATIENTS have NHS ops called off

TEN patients had their NHS operations cancelled EVERY DAY – despite being on the “urgent” list.

Health bosses said the number facing painful delays had nearly doubled in the past two years.

Last month, 320 urgent ops were scrapped. This is up from 273 the previous month – and an 86 per cent rise on August 2010 when 172 were postponed.

Labour health spokesman Andrew Gwynne said it was “outrageous” that so many patients were suffering delays.  He added:

“This government is leaving people in pain and discomfort as it plunges the NHS into chaos.  At the election David Cameron promised to protect the NHS but he’s betraying patients by axing 5,000 nursing jobs and inflicting cuts.”

By DAVID WOODING
Published: 26th August 2012
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