One in seven appointments cancelled in Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals last year, doubling the national average

Full story at GetSurrey 7 December 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals (ASPH) cancelled one in seven appointments last year, more than double the national average.

For the year 2016/2017, 112,304 outpatient appointments were cancelled by the trust.

This represents the highest proportion of cancelled appointments since records began in 2006/2007.

John Kell, head of policy at the Patients Association, said: “Cancelled appointments not only delay patients getting the care they need, but can cause patients additional difficulties such as needing to take more time off work.

“Once again we are seeing how an underfunded NHS directly affects patient care, and the Chancellor’s cash injection in the budget is unlikely to reverse these effects.