Labour slams 19,000 axed operations

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Published: Friday 13th February 2015 by The News Editor

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More than 19,000 operations were cancelled by the NHS in the final three months of 2014, the largest number over the period since 2001.

Figures released by NHS England show there were 19,471 operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons between October and December.

Labour said that compared to the same period over past years, they were the ” worst figures for well over a decade”.

In the same quarter of the year 2013/14, there were 15,852 cancelled operations.

It represents the highest figure during October to December since 2001, when 20,036 were cancelled.

NHS England said that of the operations that were cancelled during the final quarter of last year, 1,230 (6.3%) patients were not treated within the pledged 28 days.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: “These are the worst figures for well over a decade and that is another sign of how the NHS has gone downhill.

“Far too many are now suffering the distress of having operations cancelled at the last minute. Thousands of patients are not having their operations re-fixed within a month as they are entitled to too.”

Published: Friday 13th February 2015 by The News Editor

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