UK heart surgery under pressure:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Elective heart surgery at Morriston hospital (Swansea, Wales) was recently halted for a week, due to workload pressures on staff. It is being seen as just one example of a wider problem, where demand on general hospital activity exceeds supply. Despite a 33% increase in general hospital activity over the last ten years, elective activity is being upstaged by a sharp rise in emergency admissions, according to a UK-wide report published in mid-2003.