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British hospitals cancel vital operations

Thousands of protesters came to last weekend in London the streets to the NHS to call an end to the ‘wintercrisis in healthcare’. EPA

A shortage of beds at the department of intensive care, forcing hospitals in Britain with vital operations. This is evident from an exclusive dossier of the British newspaper The Guardian. The national health service NHS is yet again under fire.

Britain is struggling currently, with the heaviest flu epidemic in almost ten years. That took until now all the life on 190 people. Thousands of others had to be included in a hospital. For them to be able to correctly treat, was the Uk national health service NHS, at the end of last year that non-urgent operations postponed should be. But on 21 december and 2 January hammered them out that ‘cancer-related operations and time-critical procedures need to proceed as planned’.

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But from the figures that The Guardian could obtain, it appears that this winter is already 91 of such operations were deleted. Every time it pertains to patients with cancer, heart disease, or an aortic aneurysm – an abnormal dilation or swelling of the aorta that may burst and death may result if they are not treated quickly. Hospitals complain that the NHS, too few beds provided by the department of intensive care, which very ill grieppatiënten forced to take precedence over other very ill patients, such as people with cancer or heart problems.

The dossier of the British newspaper confirms what the beginning of this year already clearly seemed to be: Uk hospitals cope with a crisis without previous. ‘The NHS is even worse than we thought’, responds Rachel Power, who stands at the head of the patient organisation Patients Association. “If the winter is such a lot puts pressure on intensive care beds that leads to perfectly avoidable deaths, we must ask whether the NHS still has a significant role to play.’

‘Incredible stress’

Also doctor Nick Scriven, head of the Society for Acute Medicine, ringing the alarm-bell. He mentions the deletion of essential operations ‘extremely serious’. He fears for immense consequences for patients. The stress they are going through is unimaginable. It must be awful to hear that you absolutely need an operation, and that operation is then postponed.’

A spokesperson of the NHS, it seems the responsibility for the withdrawals to blow. “We asked hospitals for non-urgent operations. But the actual decision whether or not to proceed with a certain procedure, is in the hands of the treating physician. Which has anyway the best with the patient.”

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