A patient bled to death following 'unnecessary’ routine surgery for back pain just weeks after hospital staff warned cuts were putting lives at risk

Woman Bled To Death After Routine Back Op Despite Staff Warnings To Bosses About ‘Grave Risks To Patients’

A fit and healthy woman bled to death in a UK hospital after errors in a routine back operation just weeks after hospital staff warned bossed that budget cuts were putting patients’ lives at risk.

Andrea Green, 42, died 14 hours after the surgery at Barnsley District General Hospital during which a surgeon accidentally operated on the wrong disc and ruptured her artery.

After the operation, which the woman may not even have needed, Ms. Green lay in pain as staff failed to spot the error.

According to The Telegraph, her life could have been saved if hospital staff had noticed their mistake, even by a margin of just 30 minutes before her death.

The tragedy is compounded by the emergence of a letter sent by staff from the hospital’s orthopedic department to heads warning of “grave risks to patients” and “extreme pressure and stress” because of staff-cutting.

The letter was sent to former chief executive Sharon Taylor and specifically stated that “it was only a matter of time before the situation led to significant patient morbidity and mortality.”

Such was the bombshell effect of the letter that it halted the inquest into Ms. Green’s death last year and resulted in the coroner Chris Dorries asking police to investigate.

Staff at Barnsley District General Hospital had warned managers about grave risks to patients due to 'extreme pressure and stress' in the orthopedic department