NHS cancelled 446 urgent operations in November, almost double the number of cancellations of November 2015.
According to government data, the number of operations cancelled by the NHS this November, was double the number of November of last year.
Opposition parties saw these figures to show that ministers have failed to address underlying problems, specifically the underfunding of social care.
The number of urgent operations cancelled in November was 446, in comparison to 357 in October and 243 in November last year.
The Liberal Democrat former health minister Norman Lamb, for example, said that the figured were “a damning indictment of the government’s failure to adequately fund the NHS and social care.”
“Now patients are paying the price for the government’s short-sightedness, with record levels of cancelled operations and hospitals being stretched to breaking point,” Lamb said. “Waiting for an operation is stressful enough even when everything goes smoothly. To be told that your operation has been delayed heaps even more strain on patients.”
Labour’s health spokesman, Jonathan Ashworth said the figures were “completely unacceptable” and accused Theresa May of not treating the NHS as a priority.
“Given the urgent nature of these operations, the consequences of delays could be very serious indeed. Theresa May has no interest in the NHS and as she continues to starve it of the resources it needs, the result is we are likely to see waiting lists across the board continue to rise.”
The reports don’t show the demand on NHS, although the director of communications at NHS Endland, Simon Enright, posted on twitter saying: “It is true that the NHS is very busy at the moment – record demand.”
Further investigation should further clarify the reasons behind these cancellations, as well as the statistical significance of this jump as to be caused by insufficient funding.