...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
A man in Wales has been informed by a consultant’s secretary that his heart surgery would be delayed until June due to bank holidays in May and the surgeon’s clinic availability.
Neil Williams, a 59-year-old resident of Bridgend, was diagnosed with a heart valve replacement or repair surgery, which was identified as urgent.
However, after he waited for over a month without hearing from the doctor, he decided to call the consultant’s secretary and inquire about the delay.
To his shock, he was told that the doctor only sees patients on Mondays, and there are no available consultation rooms on other days due to the surgeon’s holiday schedule and the bank holidays in May.
The situation highlights the significant struggle that the Welsh NHS is currently facing due to overcrowding, underfunding, staff shortages, and chronic procedure backlogs dating back before the pandemic.
Mr. Williams shared his story to shine a light on the “utter madness” faced by thousands of people in Wales navigating a health service that is struggling to meet their needs.
Moreover, the issue has an economic impact as well.
Mr. Williams, who is a director in a company, cannot go back to work until he has a capability assessment from a cardiologist, which is frustrating.
People on waiting lists who are unable to work due to their medical condition have been a growing issue in recent years.
The Welsh NHS is facing numerous challenges, and people like Mr. Williams are suffering due to the overburdened system.
Swansea Bay University Health Board is currently looking into Mr. Williams’ case and is expected to respond directly to him later this week.
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