Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Hospital crisis hit 900 operations in West of England. Nearly half of those – 436 at Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals

More than 900 patients in the West of England had surgery cancelled for non-medical reasons at the start of 2015.

Nearly half of those – 436 – were due to be seen at Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals during a fortnight of intense pressure on the NHS. “Major incidents” were declared at a number of UK hospitals as medical staff struggled to cope with patient numbers. The Great Western Hospital in Swindon had the next highest total with 141 elective operations cancelled. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust – which released its figures following a Freedom of Information request – said the pressure was due to high demand on it’s services, an increase in frail and elderly patients and a shortage of beds. A statement from the trust said that operations called off on the day – a “national standard” for measuring cancellations – brought the number down to 43. The figure of 436 includes operations cancelled before and on the day for “non-medical” reasons. The trust said the data was “complex” and “should be considered in that context.”

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