It is not a secret that Accident and Emergency Departments across the UK have struggled to meet their targets massively this winter. It has been reported that just over 85% of Accident and Emergency Department patients were treated or admitted within four hours. This winter’s performance has been reported as the worst since the target of seeing at least 95% of Accident and Emergency Department patients was introduced in 2004.
Due to Accident and Emergency Departments across the UK being under huge amount of pressure, individuals waiting for surgical treatment have also now been affected.
It has recently come to light that a high number of operations have been postponed this winter. In particular, figures show that 40,000 fewer surgeries were performed this winter. The NHS England say that this was necessary to free up beds for patients attending Accident & Emergency Departments. Figures show that by delaying such high number of operations, about 1,400 beds were freed for Accident and Emergency Department patients.
Professor Derek Alderson, Royal College of Surgeons President, has said that delay of high number of surgical procedures was a “necessary evil” given the struggles Accident and Emergency Departments across the UK faced this winter. He also said: “It also inevitably prevented many patients who are in discomfort or pain from having an operation when they needed it, potentially causing their condition to deteriorate”.
Individuals awaiting hip or knee surgeries as well patients waiting for brain surgeries for benign tumours that may cause sight problems if left untreated, and individuals requiring treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease have been affected by these delays.
It is clear that by trying to resolve one problem the NHS England is currently facing, they are creating further more issues. By delaying surgeries to such high amount, the NHS England will wake up to a great backlog of operations that will need to be performed in a short amount of time which will again create new problems to individuals requiring medical care. It appears that the NHS England cannot get out of the vicious circle they have been in for a considerable while now.
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