Why the silence of 10,000 surgical postponements

Cancelled operations up 10% to 18,000 in 2009

This is not surprising. The population gets older. The number of surgical
beds shrinks and the speed of turnover increases, the effects on case
cancellations will multiply. There is also the unresolved problem of A&E
trolley occupants having priority over elective admissions virtually
irrespective of the reason for elective surgery. Probably, the only way to
deal with this problem in the short-term is to have whole secondary and
tertiary care hospitals with no A&E service.


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