As has been noted elsewhere, there is no incentive to keep sick people alive. They just cost the system more money. Hundreds of pancreatic cancer patients denied life-saving surgery because of delays.
Survival rates drop from 22.3% to just 2.3% if people are not diagnosed quickly and gotten to surgery quickly.
A new report by Pancreatic Cancer UK warns that patients often have to wait months for tests to determine whether they are eligible for surgery by which point it is often too late. Two thirds of patients who could be treated with surgery do not recieved an operation.
The UK’s NHS can move faster, but moving fast is not the standard mode for a large bureaucracy.