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Wait times for surgeries have long been a contentious issue. In this week-long series Natalie Akoorie examines the conflict faced by doctors working in public and private healthcare that some argue leads to longer waits.

When Kay Billman lost control of her bowels one morning she was grateful her husband of 25 years was not there to witness her humiliation.

At the time the 72-year-old could barely walk and was also "drugged up" on medication to combat debilitating pain.

Her life was spiralling downhill; she had not been able to function properly since injuring her back gardening the year before.


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