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A&E crisis leads to 220 lost operations a day as NHS cracks under weight of Covid precipitation

A&E crisis leads to 220 lost operations a day as NHS cracks under weight of Covid precipitation

  • More than 220 patients a day with vital surgeries canceled during the emergency room
  • Patients requiring surgery already on the waiting list have plunged into further misery
  • The actual number of canceled operations will likely be much higher than reported


More than 220 patients a day have vital surgeries canceled due to the crisis in the overcrowded ED wards.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine found that 6,726 elective care surgeries were canceled last month, on top of 6,335 in October.

It said “unsustainable” pressures related to the victim crisis and the collapse of social care “impacted and derailed routine care”, making it impossible to clear the Covid backlog.

More than 220 patients a day, vital surgeries are canceled due to the crisis in the overcrowded ED wards (File image)

It means that patients requiring surgery, including hip and knee replacements, who often wait for months in agony, are plunged into even more misery.

The actual number of canceled operations is likely to be much higher, as the report is based on survey data from 50 NHS trusts, a third of the total.

One in 13 people who went to the ER in the past two months had to wait 12 hours or more for the trolley. And only 62 percent of patients were seen within the four-hour target.

NHS leaders say around 10,000 hospital beds are occupied by the elderly who can be cared for in the community.

dr. Adrian Boyle, from the Royal College, said: ‘The root of the problem is the poor flow of patients through the hospital and the exit block caused by difficulties in discharging patients.’

The NHS’s waiting lists for routine care already stand at a record 5.83 million.

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