King’s Lynn hospital chiefs defend operations record

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital managers have defended their record after a sharp rise in the number of cancelled operations was revealed this week.

Figures released by the North West Norfolk Constituency Labour Party at the weekend said that the number of elective operations cancelled on the day of surgery at the Gayton Road site had risen by a third in July, August and September this year.

And NHS England statistics said the overall number of cancelled operations had risen by more than 20 per cent between January and September in 2014, compared to the same period in 2013.

A hospital spokesman confirmed a total of 89 operations had been cancelled during July, August and September, which compared to 68 in 2013.

She said: “This can be due to a range of factors including clinical reasons and patient choice.

“However we do make every effort to avoid on the day cancellation of elective surgery as we recognise it can cause undue inconvenience and frustration for patients.”

The figures sparked a political row earlier this week, with Labour politicians claiming they proved the government was out of touch with the pressures the NHS faces.

But North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham defended the government’s health reforms.