Friday 25 November 2022 11:29 AM Cancer survivor is told he'll have to wait two-and-a-half YEARS for a hospital ... trends now
A cancer survivor has told of his devastation at learning he has to wait at least two years for a hospital check-up.
Andrew Jones won't be seen until June 2025, illustrating just how much the NHS is struggling to cope with its record backlog.
Mr Jones, who was given the all-clear five years ago, suffered bladder damage after his operation. It left him needing the toilet more than usual.
His GP decided he needed to see a consultant urologist, in order to assess the scale of the problem. Mr Jones, a grandfather in his sixties, assumed the invite was going to be for 2023.
Cancer survivor Andrew Jones won't have a check-up until June 2025, illustrating just how much the NHS is struggling to cope with its record backlog
Meanwhile, a 16-year-old was given a same June 2025 appointment at the hospital's urology department. He will be 18 by the time he finally gets his check-up
Patients are complaining about the NHS more than ever, official figures show.
More than 225,000 written grievances were penned about England's ailing health service in 2021/22.
This is up from nearly 210,000 in the year before Covid struck and little more than 160,000 in 2011/12, when records began.
Communications, clinical treatment, staff attitude and behaviour, and patient care were the areas most complained about.
It comes amid huge pressures in the NHS, which is gearing up to face its 'toughest ever winter'.
Backlogs have amassed to all-time highs, with performances in A&E and ambulance response times diving to record lows.
The looming threat of strikes and a 'tripledemic' of Covid, flu and other seasonal viruses could pile even more misery on the health service this winter.
Recalling his thoughts when he discovered it was actually not until 2025, he told ITV News: 'I thought, I'm going to be 64.
'I didn't think it was a life-threatening problem that I got, but I don't know that.
'I don't know what the problem is, so in 2025 it could be twice as worse.'
He assumed the appointment date at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital was a mistake, telling his partner: 'This has got to be a typo, it has got to be 2023.'
Mr Jones told the Shropshire Star: 'It is beyond belief really. I knew the NHS is in a state but I did not think it was that bad.'
It is not clear what cancer Mr