Lack Of Surgeons Causes NHS To Get By “on A Wing And A Prayer”

A report has found that many hospital trusts do not have sufficient surgeons to carry out surgery in cases of oesophageal and gastric cancer.

The governement had required that by 1997 all Trusts carrying out surgery of this kind employ a minimum of three surgeons with the requisite skills and training.  However, 8 of the 63 Trusts carrying out surgery for oesophageal and gastric cancer still do not meet this recommendation.

Richard Hardwick, a surgeon and member of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons commented that three surgeons was the absolute bare requirement, “otherwise you are getting by on a wing and a prayer”.

The lack of skilled surgeons is a problem that is becoming increasingly common and is causing growing concern in the medical profession.

Posted 14th October 2008 | Posted in News,Uncategorised