NHS documentary sparks debate as doctors choose between lifesaving op for cancer patient or OAP bleeding to death

A new six part documentary has exposed the decisions doctors in the NHS are having to make on a day to day basis, which has sparked a huge debate among its viewers.

Hospital, which airs on BBC2 follows the staff and patients from St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

In one harrowing case, two patients in life threatening conditions were shown. Janice was suffering from a ruptured blood vessel, and Simon, who was fighting cancer, was waiting for an operation.

Both needed urgent lifesaving treatment in the intensive care unit. Even though there were enough surgeons to perform operations, only one bed was available at the time.

Simon’s operation to remove a tumour on his oesophagus ended up being postponed for a second time. He was told that he would be able to have his operation if Janice, who was on route to the hospital died before arriving at the hospital.

Simon was asked by the film crew how the situation made him feel. He said: “Guilty, actually.”

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