Posted: 28/10/2015 at 16:55
Verdun - many years ago (about 25 actually) I was in hospital for a small op. I was scheduled 'to go down' after lunch. Then two patients who were scheduled before me were sent home (they had to get dressed and taxis were called - I found out later one woman had to get the taxi to take her to her husband's workplace on Felixstowe docks as he had the house key). Fortunately they were able to 'slot me in'.
It's not a new problem - if emergencies come in and operating theatres are occupied something has to give.
I don't know what the answer is.