Blackburn war veteran gets back operation after seven years

Jack Bland

Jack Bland

First published in News by , Reporter

A SECOND World War veteran who waited almost seven years for a back operation has finally received the surgery and is recovering in hospital.

Jack Bland, 85, who lost the lower part of his right leg after being shot in Northern Italy at the end of the war, suffered a lower vertebrae injury in 2006 after falling over a step.

He was confined to a wheelchair for four months, and ever since has asked for an operation on a painful small disc bulge at the lower level on his left side.

Royal Preston Hospital admitted him for surgery on Thursday November 15, two weeks after the Lancashire Telegraph published an article about his wait.

Mr Bland’s daughter, Pauline Dawber, 58, Accrington, said: “I want to thank the Telegraph, because we don’t know if he would ever have had the operation without it in the paper.

“It was only a week after it was printed that my father was notified that he’d finally be able to go in after all this time.”

Mrs Dawber said that when her father was admitted he was met by two hospital officials who apologised to him for having to wait so long.

A specialist division of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Royal Preston Hospital, is believed to have begun investigating Mr Bland’s case.

Mr Bland was initially told his surgery would be on Friday November 16, before it was moved forward a day.

Mrs Dawber said: “I have to say I’ve lost some faith in the NHS. We pay for this service through our National Insurance and it’s just not good enough.”

“We guessed it might not be when they said it would because of how many times we’ve heard the same old story.

“We made sure to get it in writing this time, because it’s just word of mouth over the phone.”

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was unavailable to comment.

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6:29pm Tue 27 Nov 12

woolywords says...

What a truly shabby way to treat someone whom has contributed more than anyone could have expected to both this country and the system that is supposed to care for him, from cradle to grave.
We should sincerely hope that whom ever is found to be responsible for Mr Bland suffering for so long, is required, once he is fit enough, to take a swift kick up the jacksie for allowing this to drag on for so long.
It would be a suitable punishment as you cannot expect Mr Bland to be fobbed off with the usual platitudes of 'management review', 'instigating procedures' and 'to ensure that lessons are learned' cobblers.
Get well soon and give 'em some, Jack, right where it hurts!
What a truly shabby way to treat someone whom has contributed more than anyone could have expected to both this country and the system that is supposed to care for him, from cradle to grave. We should sincerely hope that whom ever is found to be responsible for Mr Bland suffering for so long, is required, once he is fit enough, to take a swift kick up the jacksie for allowing this to drag on for so long. It would be a suitable punishment as you cannot expect Mr Bland to be fobbed off with the usual platitudes of 'management review', 'instigating procedures' and 'to ensure that lessons are learned' cobblers. Get well soon and give 'em some, Jack, right where it hurts! woolywords
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8:24pm Tue 27 Nov 12

ste.g says...

hope cameron is reading this.he should be ashamed turning the nhs into an international free for all and neglecting our own
hope cameron is reading this.he should be ashamed turning the nhs into an international free for all and neglecting our own ste.g
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7:26am Wed 28 Nov 12

George White Bread says...

ste.g wrote:
hope cameron is reading this.he should be ashamed turning the nhs into an international free for all and neglecting our own
While I doubt he will read this I echo your sentiments. We give India hundreds of millions of pounds a year in foreign aid and will continue to do so until 2015, despite being told by the Indian government that they don't need or want it. This is a country with it's own space programme the cost of which runs into billions. Yet we insist on giving them money while our country's NHS and other essential services are held together with sticky tape.
Total and utter disgrace.
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: hope cameron is reading this.he should be ashamed turning the nhs into an international free for all and neglecting our own[/p][/quote]While I doubt he will read this I echo your sentiments. We give India hundreds of millions of pounds a year in foreign aid and will continue to do so until 2015, despite being told by the Indian government that they don't need or want it. This is a country with it's own space programme the cost of which runs into billions. Yet we insist on giving them money while our country's NHS and other essential services are held together with sticky tape. Total and utter disgrace. George White Bread
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8:59am Wed 28 Nov 12

JLB-Lancs says...

This country is going down the pan, more and more each day!
This country is going down the pan, more and more each day! JLB-Lancs
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