A taste of things to come in hospitals?
IT IS a terrible situation for all those caught up in it.
Hospital staff would never cancel life-saving treatment for cancer patients without serious consideration.
Doctors and nurses dedicate their lives to caring for the sick, their raison d'être is to provide the treatment people need to get better.
So, it must take an extreme set of circumstances for them to delay tests and treatment for cancer patients.
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Similarly, it can never be right for people with Alzheimer's to be placed on wards where already over-stretched staff are not best equipped to tend to their needs.
But, as our front page story explains, that is exactly what is happening at our hospitals right now.
Recent wintry conditions coupled with ward closures caused by the seasonal outbreak of Norovirus has forced hospital staff to move elderly patients with dementia onto specialist cancer wards.
We are not suggesting this is common practice or that it is a decision taken lightly by bosses at the trust running both Castle Hill and Hull Royal Infirmary.
However, facing unprecedented cuts in its budget and ward closures, it's deeply worrying to think this could be a taste of things to come.