Cancer Research UK estimate that 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK. The director of research and external affairs at Bowel Cancer UK, Dr Lisa Wilde, has stated that “Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it doesn’t need to be: it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.”
A recent Guardian article revealed that managers at West Suffolk Hospital had demanded fingerprints and handwriting samples from staff in order to uncover a whistleblower. The widower of a 57 year old woman, Susan Warby who died five weeks after an operation to treat a perforated bowel in 2018, received an anonymous letter outlining what went wrong during his wife’s treatment.
The Trust (which the Care Quality Commission rates as “Requiring Improvement”) manages five different hospitals. The BBC article startlingly sets out that from as long ago as 2015 the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists were reviewing maternity care, amid "concerns over the working culture".