Long wait for an op
UNITED KINGDOM: More than half a million patients are trapped on national health service waiting lists for hip, knee and other orthopaedic operations.
The number has risen by a quarter in three years, with almost one in ten patients facing delays of more than 18 weeks for surgery.
It comes as thousands of older people are denied cataract operations, raising fears patients whose conditions are non-lifethreatening are being targeted to save money. Waiting times for hip and knee replacements are now more than 100 days.