"My cancer appointment was cancelled 48 times"

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cancerANGRY cancer patient Dennis Burke yesterday branded the NHS a shambles after a hospital cancelled his appointment 48 times in a row.

Dennis, 68, who is in remission from bowel cancer, spent 14 months trying to get a consultation after his GP referred him to hospital. He said: "I am absolutely fed-up with them messing me around.

"What's the point in my GP telling me to go to hospital if I can't get an appointment?

"I have had to put up with 48 appointments with an NHS doctor being cancelled in a row. It is a disgrace."

Dennis, a grandfather who also has an asbestos-related lung disease and a degenerative spine condition, said the fiasco proved the system was failing.

He added: "I paid taxes in the belief that when I needed help from the NHS and the state, it would be there. But it isn't.

"They blame patients for not turning up to hospital but the main reason people are missing appointments is because of the inefficient booking system."

Dennis, a retired engineering stores manager, has now finally been seen at a hospital in his home town of Scarborough.

He also received a letter apologising for the cancellations and blaming "difficulties with a new appointments system."

Scarborough NHS Trust said: "Mr Burke has complained and it is being looked into."

source - Mirror News 

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