So my wife has been suffering for about 18 months with pains in her lower belly area. Her GP put her on numerous diets, like lactose free, gluten free etc. Nothing seemed to help! Her pain was getting worse and worse. Until this March when she ended up in A&E as her doctor couldn't help her any more as he had run out of ideas. She ended up on a ward for 4 weeks, it took them over 3 weeks to work out that the nerves which connect to the muscles that contract and push things along in her bowels/intestines etc had died and the muscles were not doing their job. The only solution is to have a pace maker fitted in her lower back to do what the nerves should be doing. Anyway, she was referred to the specialist for this treatment. She has been taken back into hospital 3 or 4 times since March because the pain became unbearable etc for her. (note she is on morphine daily for the pain at home) She has been unable to attend work since March, she has tried to go back a few times, but her employer doesn't want her there because she is not really fit for work. Anyway - 6 months later and she still has not had the initital appointment to see the specialist - 6 MONTHS!!!!!!! What a joke the NHS are! The thing is though, she was taken to hospital via an ambulance 2 days ago and spent 36 hrs in hospital, and then sent her home again, unable to really do anything and said she has to wait for the specialist appointment. She has tried to call the consultants secretary, numerous times, and never been able to get any answer about her scheduled appointment. The cost for ambulances, and a total of around 8 weeks stay in hospital (fragmented stays) since March much be adding to the costs for her care. If they just did the op immediately all these unneccessary costs would be ended. Imagine this situation x 50,000 people - no wonder the NHS doesn't have enough budget, they could save loads if they dealt with people in a much more timely manner. And her quality of life is poor at the moment too due to the daily pain she is in. She either tries to sleep all day or is that full of pain killers she is like a space cadet for much of the day. Seriously not fair.