Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Record Number of Kids' Ops Cancelled

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Record Number of Kids' Ops Cancelled

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A RECORD 18,647 emergency and non-emergency children's operations were cancelled last year, figures show.

The Labour Party, which collected the data, described the number as 'shameful' and said that since the Tories came to power, children's operations have been cancelled at least 117,936 times.

Types of operations cancelled include those to treat broken bones, tooth extractions, acute tonsillitis and eye surgery.

They were cancelled for reasons including equipment failure, staffing shortages and critical care bed unavailability.

Labour's shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "The cancellation of an operation brings tremendous anguish and uncertainty which must be especially unsettling for children and their families.

"Behind each of these cancellations is a sick child and their loved ones facing unnecessary distress for entirely avoidable reasons. …

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