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NHS cancels cancer operations due to lack of beds


Will the cancellation of urgent operations result in extra funding?

Cancer patients are having their operations cancelled at short notice as the NHS struggles to meet increased demand for services.

Investigations by the Observer newspaper reveal that hospitals began to cancel operations in December, with a rapid increase in numbers in the New Year.

This month, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust had to cancel bookings for both straightforward and complex cancer operations due to a lack of post-operative intensive care beds.

Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons confirmed that cancer operations are no longer protected saying that 'it is increasingly clear that no part of the system and no patient is immune from the pressure the NHS is experiencing'.

Professor John Appleby, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust think-tank, blamed the problems on under investment: 'Until 2010, health spending rose at around 4% higher than inflation. Ending the unprecedented financial squeeze and returning to this historical average seems essential if we are to ensure that our health service is fit for the future.'

Source: Wellards

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