Doctors forced to decide between saving a cancer patient or a pensioner ...

By Stephen Matthews For Mailonline

Published: 08:32 GMT, 12 January 2017 | Updated: 08:32 GMT, 12 January 2017

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A new BBC2 documentary revealing the true crisis the NHS is currently in has left viewers heartbroken.

Doctors were forced to decide between saving a cancer patient or a pensioner bleeding to death during the first episode of Hospital last night.

A woman, known only as Janice, was rushed to the A&E department at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington after suffering from a ruptured blood vessel.

But hospital staff had already prepared Simon, who suffers from cancer in his oesophagus, for life-saving surgery.

The increasing demand on the hospital had meant there was just one bed remaining - despite being enough surgeons to perform both procedures.

Simon had already seen his operation - which would save his life - cancelled once before.

However, if Janice wasn't seen to immediately then she would bleed to death. 

A woman, known only as Janice, was rushed to the A&E department at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington after suffering from a ruptured blood vessel in a new BBC2 documentary

A woman, known only as Janice, was rushed to the A&E department at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington after suffering from a ruptured blood vessel in a new BBC2 documentary

But hospital staff had already prepared Simon, who suffers from cancer in his oesophagus, for life-saving surgery

But hospital staff had already prepared Simon, who suffers from cancer

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