It was bad even before Covid as well for people having to wait years for operations. My Mum had to wait 2 years nearly for a total hip replacement when it supposed to be an 18 week wait!. They were hoping she'd die before she got it I think and tried to discourage her from having it. Saying she had a high risk of dying/stroke etc. She was falling over all the time and had no quality of life because she couldn't go out etc. Even getting her to the hospital appointments was difficult/stressfull due to her struggling to get in and out of the taxi.And as i write my wife is quietly sobbing in her sleep again.
Two essential operations due in February and March have disappeared .... along with the pain management clinic that helped her through each day.
Operations for spinal nerve block and a hip replacement have disappeared over the horizon ...
I'll make her a coffee and assemble her pile of pain killers and nerve relaxants and help her to the toilet before i go to work and she gets the children up and ready for school.
What NHS ............. And don't crack on about covid, empty hospital after empty hospital ... ward after ward .. empty .....been there seen it.
The nurse on the steps of Truro Cathedral summed it up well .....
Anyway, she had it eventually and is totally fine now and she doesn't fall etc, so her life has improved massively. I hope there's light at the end of the tunnel for your wife soon. Its really bad and you don't realize how non existent the NHS is until you or a family member needs to use it for a serious issue.