Sep 2, 2004

2 Year Wait For Dead Surgeon

A woman spent two years on an NHS surgeon's waiting list - unaware he was dead.

Janet Warnes, due to be fitted with a hearing aid, first saw him in 2002.

She had to wait until last month for her second appointment - and arrived at the hospital to learn the consultant, a Mr Fraser, died in 2002.

Retired VDU operator Janet, 68, of Leeds, said: "I was starting to think I might be dead before I finally saw a doctor, but I never expected him to be."

She may now go private after being told it could take two more years to see another specialist at Leeds General Infirmary.

The hospital blamed a computer error for sending her an appointment letter. A spokesman said: "We are extremely sorry for any embarrassment or distress."

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