‘Thousands of hospital appointments canceled’ at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral

Thousands of hospital appointments are canceled on September 19 The Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II shall take place.

The day of mourning has been declared a public holiday in the UK to allow the public to watch the ceremony.

The Queen died at her Balmoral estate on Thursday 8 September. It was announced earlier in the day that she was under medical observation.

The monarch was 96 years old.

On the day of her funeral it was reported by open democracy that many hospital appointments have been cancelled, with some NHS trusts saying “non-urgent” procedures and clinic appointments should be postponed.

These include hip and knee replacements, cataract surgeries, maternity exams, and even some cancer treatments.

To to the reportPatients who had been waiting for treatment for months were told they had been postponed due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

NHS England tells open democracy The decision to postpone appointments is “to be made by local trusts”.

Will the Queen’s funeral be a public holiday?

On Saturday September 10th it was announced that the The Queen’s funeral will be a public holiday.

However, government guidelines do not guarantee everyone a day off.

The new guidance means employers will decide whether employees are given the day off for the Queen’s funeral.

It states: “This is a matter of discussion between individuals and their employer.

“There is no legal right to exemption for the bank public holidaysbut employers can include public holidays in an employee’s vacation entitlement.

“The government cannot interfere with existing contractual arrangements between employers and employees.

“However, we assume that many employees will be able to take the holiday off.

“We also expect employers to be sensitive to requests from workers to take the day of the funeral off work.”

Hospital appointments have been canceled to mark the Queen’s funeral

A pregnant woman tells open democracy that she received a text message aborting a scan.

The message read: “We regret that your appointment to visit a member of the team at the Fetal Medicine Center on Monday September 19 has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. A new date will be set shortly.”

The life of the Queen in pictures

When trying to make a new appointment, the woman was put on hold for 4 hours.

She told openDemocracy: “I’m really disappointed. Yes, it’s a routine scan, but that’s another week or two before I’m seen and wondering if my baby is healthy — which means quite a bit of anxiety, sitting, and waiting.”

GPs may close on the day of the Queen’s funeral

This comes as it was announced that GP surgeries may close on the day of the Queen’s funeral, however appropriate after-hours treatment must be available.

It also called for planned Covid refresher care home visits to be carried out as scheduled and “strongly” encouraged clinics on the day to remain open.

The letter that Dr. Ursula Montgomery, Director of Primary Care, NHS England, added: “Given the importance of running the Covid-19 Autumn Booster Scheme we would ask that planned care home visits (which are a high priority for the scheme) are serviced and delivered as planned.

“We strongly recommend that all clinics planned on that day be maintained, especially where there is a high population need.

“GP practices may be contractually closed for their core services on this day as it is a confirmed bank holiday.

“ICBs (Integrated Care Boards) urgently need to work to ensure that there is sufficient capacity for after-hours services (integrated emergency care) during core hours to meet patients’ urgent primary care needs.”

Health chiefs also need to work with dentists and community pharmacies to confirm available services over the holidays so patients can access urgent dental care and medicines, she added.

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