Not exactly a rant but I wonder if anyone else has the same suspicions as me? I have a yearly cardio appointment at a hospital in London as a follow up to heart surgery two and a half years ago. They also jointly manage my AF with my GP.
Yesterday, I had a letter cancelling my next appointment in April and rescheduling for July. That's ok with me as I feel quite well. Over the years, I've had a number of appointments at different hospitals (I was born with a heart condition) and though I haven't kept score, the number of rescheduled appointments has been quite high - over 50% I reckon.
Is this a way of fiddling the waiting lists? I know there's a guarantee to see new patients within a certain time, also hospitals have to keep records of operations that they cancel. I'm betting that they don't have to supply information about cancelled outpatient appointments generally. So, either they are cancelling a lot of clinics for whatever reason or else those already in the system are being bumped down the list in favour of new patients who show up on the stats.