PhD Student Whose Cancer Operation Was Cancelled Wrote Open Letter To Jeremy Hunt
“I didn’t sleep well last night. I was nervous, anxious about what was going to happen the next day”

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health has received a heartbreaking letter from a woman whose cancer operation was cancelled at the last minute.

“I didn’t sleep well last night. I was nervous, anxious about what was going to happen the next day. I’m not great with needles, never mind scalpels. But I also knew that I was in the hands of professionals, who would do absolutely everything they could to make me better” Carly O’Neill, who was diagnosed with skin cancer last October wrote to Mr Hunt.

Recently, NHS is in the middle of one of its worst crises in recent history. Thousands of operations across the country are being cancelled, and patients are being forced to wait in corridors or in ambulances because of a chronic shortage of beds. Doctors have reported being pushed to the brink, working longer hours and extra shifts just to try and keep on top of the rising workload – all of which has been exacerbated by a severe flu breakout.

Carly, the PhD student had been waiting for an operation since her diagnosis and was given the date a few days in advance, meaning her colleagues had to cover for her, and her fiance had to take time off work at the last minute. She explained that although she was anxious about having the operation, she was “relieved that it would all be over soon” and she could finally “focus on recovering and putting all of this behind me”.

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The day finally came when they went to the hospital, filled in all the forms, and waited to be called in. “At last, all the waiting was over, I was all prepared, the only thing left to do was to actually have the surgery,” she wrote. “And after all that, Mr Hunt, after all that: I was sent home because there wasn’t a bed available.”

Referring to Hunt’s claims that funding for the NHS has increased, Carly said: “What you don’t mention is that, since 2010, the rate of increase has been far below the long-term average increase in health spending, at a time of massively rising demand.”

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