226 children’s operations in Oldham cancelled over past five years

226 children’s operations have been cancelled at Northern Care Alliance hospitals over the last 5 years, many due to a shortage of staff and beds, shocking figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

Leader of Oldham Liberal Democrats councillor Howard Sykes MBE said, “The number of children’s operations that have been cancelled across Oldham over the last five years will send a chill down every parent’s spine. But the truth is these figures are only the latest evidence that our local NHS services are now on life support after years of neglect from the Conservative government.”

Howard Sykes

“The waiting lists for cancer treatments, the unacceptable ambulance waiting times and the crumbling state of our hospitals and surgeries. Every day we see the NHS sink deeper and deeper into chaos under this government.”

Data obtained by the Liberal Democrats through Freedom of Information requests, shows that the longest wait for a children’s operation was 619 days.

Councillor Sykes said, “The Liberal Democrats are urging the government to come up with a rescue plan to bring health services back from the brink. This would include bringing in a proper plan to tackle workforce shortages in the NHS, investing in newer equipment and increasing bed capacity at local hospitals.”

“Oldham Council needs to do more as well. Liberal Democrats are the only party who are calling for a scrutiny board to be set up to work alongside Northern Care Alliance. Until we have that, people in Oldham will have no voice and no say in how their health services are run.”

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