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NHS cancels operations as cuts create beds shortage

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2467

The number of NHS operations that are cancelled has hit a 13-year high, reveal new figures from NHS England.

Some 16,180 were cancelled in the three months to June alone. 

There has been a 22 percent rise since David Cameron came to office in 2010. 

The number of  patients who are not readmitted within the target time of 28 days also increased. 

The cause is a chronic lack of beds. Bed numbers have been cut and the decimation of social care services means it’s harder to discharge patients. 

The NHS is at breaking point after five years of Tory cuts and privatisation. 

Monitor watchdog boss David Bennett reassured bosses they would not be fined for missing waiting time targets. 

And despite a growing staffing crisis, he urged them to fill vacancies “only where essential”. 

The Tories want to drive down workers’ terms and conditions to make way for more privatisation.

Virgin Care is one of two firms bidding for a £28 million contract for children’s community health services in Bristol. 

The Care Quality Commission watchdog slammed Virgin last year for “putting patients at risk” in one of its clinics in Croydon, south London. 

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