NHS bed shortages cause late cancellation of cancer surgeries

22 September 2019 – Guardian

One of the NHS’s biggest hospital trusts had to apologise to a 78-year-old man after it had to cancel his cancer surgery twice in a month due to a lack of beds. On both occasions the patient, who has liver cancer, waited in the hospital for six hours and was ready to go into the operating theatre to have his tumour removed when he was sent home.

Staff at Leicester general hospital explained to him at the time that there was no high-dependency bed for him if he experienced complications during the surgery.

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