NotTooOld that happened to DH, 3 times before he had his operation. He also had to go twice each time, once for the checks and a different day for a blood test. They seemed to think this was reasonable even though the journey took 1 1/2 hours and his appointment was at 0830. They were not at all interested in suggestions of ways to improve this situation. One one occasion they sent a letter giving him an appointment on a bank holiday followed by a letter changing the appointment 'due to unforeseen circumstances'.
I can think of several other ways they waste money. A fully qualified nurse calling people into eye consultation but not being part of the consultation, just the messenger. I had a small growth in my mouth and was referred by my dentist. I was seen by a doctor and a nurse who confirmed that my dentist was correct, I had a growth. I had to return to have it removed (took 3 people) and asked why it needed two appointments. The answer was because the dentist may think it is a different size to the doctor! So did this third person agree or disagree and, more to the point, what difference did it make as the treatment was the same? When DH had a suspicious mole the hospital doctor removed it straight away which makes far more sense.
Why do expensive hospitals virtually close down at the weekend? DH needed an investigation and the hospital was doing Sunday appointments in an effort to reduce waiting times which was of course good. However, everything else was closed, the cafe, staff cafe, Smiths etc. Surely there would be plenty of people willing to work weekends to fit around family?