A most cancers survivor has advised of his devastation at studying he has to attend no 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 traditional.
His GP determined he wanted to see a advisor urologist, with a purpose to assess the dimensions of the issue. Mr Jones, a grandfather in his sixties, assumed the invite was going to be for 2023.
Cancer 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
Meanwhile, 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: Record 225,000 written grievances had been made about ailing well being service final yr
Patients are complaining concerning the NHS greater than ever, official figures present.
More than 225,000 written grievances had been penned about England’s ailing well being service in 2021/22.
This is up from practically 210,000 within the yr earlier than Covid struck and little greater than 160,000 in 2011/12, when information started.
Communications, medical remedy, employees perspective 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 menace of strikes and a ‘tripledemic’ of Covid, flu and different seasonal viruses might pile much more distress on the well being service this winter.
Recalling his ideas when he found it was really not till 2025, he advised ITV News: ‘I assumed, I’m going to be 64.
‘I did not suppose it was a life-threatening drawback that I acquired, 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 acquired to be a typo, it’s got to be 2023.’
Mr Jones advised the Shropshire Star: ‘It is past perception actually. I knew the NHS is in a state however I didn’t suppose it was that dangerous.’
It shouldn’t be clear what most cancers Mr Jones, from Ditton Priors close to Bridgnorth, has.
Meanwhile, 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’.
Local campaigners known as the intense waits ‘completely appalling’ and ‘fully unacceptable’.
Wes Streeting, Labour’s shadow well being secretary, mentioned waits of practically three years will put folks’s lives on maintain.
He mentioned: ‘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 folks 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.
Health insiders have warned the strikes will value lives, with a ‘financial institution vacation service’ inflicting delays and cancellations to all the things 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 traditional
Official figures present 7.1million folks in England had been within the queue for routine hospital remedy, resembling hip and knee operations, by the tip of September — the equal of 1 in eight folks (pink line). The determine consists of greater than 400,000 individuals who have been ready, typically in ache, for over one yr (yellow bars)
Ambulance efficiency statistics for October present paramedics took longer to reach to class one, two and three name outs since information started in 2017. Ambulances took a median of 1 hour, one minute and 19 seconds to answer class two calls (pink bars), resembling burns, epilepsy and strokes. This is greater than thrice so long as the 18 minute goal
Meanwhile, emergency care efficiency has deteriorated to recent lows. More than 1,400 A&E attendees had been pressured to attend in additional than 12 hours for care day by day in October (yellow bars), whereas the bottom proportion ever recorded had been seen inside 4 hours — the NHS goal (pink line)
The NHS’s bed-blocking disaster has exploded because the pandemic with the degrees of delayed discharge round triple the comparable figures earlier than the pandemic
Meanwhile, the NHS backlog in England had already hit a report 7.1million in September, newest figures present, with tons of 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 day by 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. Health leaders say ‘unprecedented demand’ continues to pile pressure on the struggling service.
The knowledge mirror 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 median of 13,613 beds per day in October, equal to 1 in seven — occupied by individuals who now not must be there.
The Royal College of Nursing introduced the primary in a sequence of stroll outs over pay will happen on Thursday 15 and Tuesday 20 December
Ambulance handovers additionally proceed to undergo, with over 10,000 sufferers arriving at hospital caught ready over an hour to be handed over as medics battle to search out them a mattress, a report quantity for the primary week of NHS winter reporting within the final 5 years
NHS mattress occupancy charges are sky-high at a median of 94 per cent for the week, giving hospitals little room to deal with seasonal pressures anticipated within the weeks forward. The NHS has beforehand suggested hospitals to maintain beds at 92 per cent occupancy
The determine is triple the pre-pandemic common. Shortages in social care are regarded as behind the delayed discharges — with inadequate employees obtainable to care for some sufferers when they’re prepared to go away hospital.
Sara Biffen, appearing chief working officer for the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, mentioned: ‘We want to apologise for the look ahead to a urology appointment, with the service dealing with a backlog following Covid and shortages of specialist employees.
‘We are doing all the things we will, 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 usually assessment the ready record.
‘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.’