Cancelled op rise 'shocking'
A CONSERVATIVE AM has described a rise in cancelled operations in Wales due to bed shortages as "shocking".
Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar, said the reported 72 per increase since 2010/11 should prompt ministers to listen to NHS staff.
The Welsh Government said that over the past three years approximately 13,000 operations had been cancelled due to bed shortages, around 1.6 per cent of all total scheduled operations.
Between 35 and 40 per cent of all operations are cancelled by patients.
Mr Millar blamed the rise in cancellations due to bed shortages on "real term" cuts in NHS spending by the Labour administration.
A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: "There will always be occasions when operations have to be cancelled due to clinical reasons or patient choice."