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Delayed Surgery across Liverpool and Merseyside due to lack of time

It has been reported by the Liverpool Echo that over 1000 medical operations were cancelled in 2018 – 2019 in hospitals across Liverpool and Merseyside.

The most common reason for non-medical cancellation was lack of time.

The results were based on data from the following hospitals:

  • - The Royal Liverpool Hospital
  • - Broadgreen Hospital
  • - Aintree University Hospital
  • - St Helens Hospital
  • - Whiston Hospital

The Royal Liverpool Hospital and Broadgreen hospital cancelled a combined 92 operations in 2015/16 but this increased to 175 in 2018/19. A total of 570 operations were cancelled due to lack of time between 2015 and 2019

At Aintree, the hospital cancelled 100 operations in 2015/16 but this increased to 169 in 2018/19. A total of 504 operations were cancelled due to lack of time between 2015 and 2019

At Whitson hospital and St Helens Hospital (St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust), a combined 178 operations were cancelled due to lack of time in 2018/19

Of course thankfully in the vast majority of situations a delay, whilst an inconvenience, will not result in any significant injury. Unfortunately in some situations time is however a critical factor because often the earlier treatment is commenced, the better the chances of a patient making a good long-term recovery. If treatment is delayed, this can lead to permanent complications and health issues which could have been avoided.

Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors specialise in obtaining compensation for clients who have sustained an injury as a result of Medical and Clinical Negligence, including the investigation of potential delays in treatment and misdiagnosis. We have many years of experience dealing with claims for compensation against doctors, hospitals (both NHS and Private), dentists, general practitioners (GPs), pharmacists and opticians. We are experts at dealing with all types of claims for compensation arising from Medical and Clinical Negligence, including bile duct injuries, brain injury, childbirth injury, cosmetic surgery, falls in hospitals, drug and medication errors, missed or delayed diagnosis of cancer and other serious illnesses, orthopaedic negligence including wrist and ankle fractures, pressure sores and deaths occurring in hospital due to both a lack of treatment and negligent treatment.

Gregory Abrams Davidson Solicitors have offices in Liverpool City Centre, Garston Village Liverpool, Allerton South Liverpool and Golders Green, London. 

If you would like to enquire about a potential Medical or Clinical Negligence claim on a free no-obligation basis, contact us and ask to speak to a member of our clinical negligence new enquiries team on 0151 733 3353 by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by completing our enquiry form.

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