Operations on children and young people are being cancelled in huge numbers as NHS staff shortages bite, Labour reveals today.
More than 12,000 procedures – including for broken bones and treatments under anaesthetic – were scrapped last year, a rise of 35 per cent in just three years, the party said.
A lack of available anaesthetists, surgeons, consultants or theatre staff, as well as bed shortages and a lack of theatre time, were key reasons given by health bodies for the cancellations.
Labour’s research had uncovered 12,349 cancellations of surgical procedures planned for children and young people in 2016-17, across 76 health trusts, Mr Ashworth said.
This was 35 per cent higher than in 2013-14, when 9,128 cancellations were recorded, he said.
The total number of cancelled children’s operations since 2013-14 was 46,211 – with by far the highest number in London at 12,904.
Article from The Independent, 17 July 2017