A most cancers survivor has instructed of his devastation at studying he has to attend not less than two years for a hospital check-up.
Andrew Jones will not be seen till June 2025, illustrating simply how a lot the NHS is struggling to deal with its report backlog.
Mr Jones, who was given the all-clear 5 years in the past, suffered bladder harm after his operation. It left him needing the bathroom greater than normal.
His GP determined he wanted to see a advisor urologist, as a way to assess the dimensions of the issue. Mr Jones, a grandfather in his sixties, assumed the invite was going to be for 2023.
Most cancers survivor Andrew Jones will not have a check-up till June 2025, illustrating simply how a lot the NHS is struggling to deal with its report backlog
In the meantime, a 16-year-old was given a similar June 2025 appointment on the hospital’s urology division. He can be 18 by the point he lastly will get his check-up
Struggling NHS will get extra complaints than ever earlier than: File 225,000 written grievances had been made about ailing well being service final yr
Sufferers are complaining concerning the NHS greater than ever, official figures present.
Greater than 225,000 written grievances had been penned about England’s ailing well being service in 2021/22.
That is up from practically 210,000 within the yr earlier than Covid struck and little greater than 160,000 in 2011/12, when data started.
Communications, medical remedy, employees angle and behavior, and affected person care had been the areas most complained about.
It comes amid enormous pressures within the NHS, which is gearing as much as face its ‘hardest ever winter’.
Backlogs have amassed to all-time highs, with performances in A&E and ambulance response occasions diving to report lows.
The looming risk of strikes and a ‘tripledemic’ of Covid, flu and different seasonal viruses may pile much more distress on the well being service this winter.
Recalling his ideas when he found it was truly not till 2025, he instructed ITV Information: ‘I believed, I will be 64.
‘I did not suppose it was a life-threatening drawback that I obtained, however I do not know that.
‘I do not know what the issue is, so in 2025 it could possibly be twice as worse.’
He assumed the appointment date at Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital was a mistake, telling his accomplice: ‘This has obtained to be a typo, it’s got to be 2023.’
Mr Jones instructed the Shropshire Star: ‘It’s past perception actually. I knew the NHS is in a state however I didn’t suppose it was that dangerous.’
It isn’t clear what most cancers Mr Jones, from Ditton Priors close to Bridgnorth, has.
In the meantime, a 16-year-old was given a similar June 2025 appointment on the hospital’s urology division.
He can be 18 by the point he lastly will get his check-up.
The boy’s appointment is simply half-hour earlier than Mr Jones’.
Native campaigners known as the intense waits ‘completely appalling’ and ‘utterly unacceptable’.
Wes Streeting, Labour’s shadow well being secretary, stated waits of practically three years will put individuals’s lives on maintain.
He stated: ‘A 3 yr wait. What is that this 16 year-old meant to do?
‘Put his life on maintain for the following three years?
‘The NHS disaster is holding again individuals from getting on with their lives. The longer the Conservatives are in energy, the longer sufferers will wait.’
It comes as additional disruption to appointments is predicted subsequent month, as nurses stage UK-wide walk-outs on December 15 and 20.
Well being insiders have warned the strikes will value lives, with a ‘financial institution vacation service’ inflicting delays and cancellations to all the pieces from routine operations to chemotherapy.
Mr Jones, who was given the all-clear 5 years in the past, suffered bladder harm after his operation. It left him needing the bathroom greater than normal
In the meantime, the NHS backlog in England had already hit a report 7.1million in September, newest figures present, with a whole lot of 1000’s within the queue for remedy for multiple yr.
A&E efficiency fell to at a recent low, with round 1,400 attendees pressured to attend 12-plus hours in emergency departments every single day final month. The lowest proportion ever recorded had been seen throughout the NHS goal of 4 hours.
And ambulances took longer than ever to achieve 999 callers of all severities in October. Well being leaders say ‘unprecedented demand’ continues to pile pressure on the struggling service.
The information replicate the scenario earlier than winter pressures, resembling an anticipated rise in Covid and flu admissions, have been felt in hospitals.
The NHS blames the disaster on report demand, Covid pressures, workforce shortages and the mattress blocking disaster — which noticed a mean of 13,613 beds per day in October, equal to 1 in seven — occupied by individuals who not have to be there.
The determine is triple the pre-pandemic common. Shortages in social care are considered behind the delayed discharges — with inadequate employees accessible to deal with some sufferers when they’re prepared to depart hospital.
Sara Biffen, performing chief working officer for the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Belief, which runs the hospital, stated: ‘We want to apologise for the anticipate a urology appointment, with the service going through a backlog following Covid and shortages of specialist employees.
‘We’re doing all the pieces we are able to, alongside companions, to scale back ready occasions, together with actively recruiting extra urologists and nurses.
‘We proceed to prioritise sufferers with biggest medical want, together with most cancers remedy, and frequently evaluate the ready listing.
‘Working with companions we’re exploring different suppliers who might be able to provide earlier appointments and we’ll proceed to maintain sufferers up to date and supported.’