April 23, 2009 Girl, 3, has heart operation cancelled three times because of bed shortage
(PA) The case of Ella Cotterell highlights a growing problem of cancelled operations in the NHS David Rose
A three-year-old girl awaiting heart surgery has had her operation cancelled three times this month because of a shortage of beds.
Ella Cotterell was due to have aorta-widening surgery on Monday at the Children’s Hospital, Bristol. But 48 hours beforehand, the operation was cancelled for the third time as all 15 beds in the intensive care unit were occupied, her parents said.
A hospital spokesman said that procedures would be reviewed, but the case highlights a growing problem of cancelled operations in the NHS.
More than 57,000 surgeries were postponed for non-clinical reasons, including a lack of beds, last year " 10 per cent more than the previous year.
Latest figures show that the problem persists. At least 43,000 operations were cancelled in the first nine months of 2008-09, with nearly 1,800 patients not being treated within 28 days of their original scheduled date....
American hospital beds are available because Americans can't afford healthcare or their insurance company refuses to pay for procedures. The American systems has casualties in the millions not just the thousands.
THE NHS may be cancelling more than twice as many operations at short notice than the government has acknowledged.
The figures, disclosed in reports prepared by individual hospital trusts, contradict ministers’ claims that “only” 66,000 operations a year are cancelled.
Instead, the figure is estimated to be at least 132,000.
The “real” cancellation data add to the row caused last week when it emerged that Margaret Dixon, 69, had had an operation to rebuild her shoulder cancelled seven times. Dixon’s case was highlighted by Michael Howard, the Tory leader, to show up what he said were government failings on health.
The pressures on the NHS were highlighted last night when it emerged Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London had been forced to call off some operations and close up to one fifth of its beds at some points because of a £1.7m deficit for the current financial year.
Or are you saying America is too stupid to figure out how to supply all their citizens with quality healthcare because the British haven't figured it out?
Plenty of Canadian patients cross the border into the US seeking better health care
without suffering the long wait the Canadian health care system is known for.