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In a distressing move, NHS officials have forced every hospital in the country to cancel all non-urgent surgery and in-patient treatments until at least the end of January.
With a spike in winter flu levels, pressures on the NHS are set to continue to rise.
NHS medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh, said of the situation: âI want to thank NHS staff who have worked incredibly hard under sustained pressure to take care of patients over the Christmas period. We expect these pressures to continue and there are early signs of increased flu prevalence.â
Keogh continued, âThe NHS needs to take further action to increase capacity and minimise disruptive last-minute cancellations.â
Theresa May has now also been forced to apologise for the delays and disruptions, after official figures revealed twelve hospitals reported 100% bed occupancy on New Yearâs Eve and 16,893 patients waited more than 30 minutes in ambulances during the week leading up to New Yearâs Eve.
May said: âI recognise that it is difficult for people who are facing delays. I recognise that it is difficult if someone is delayed on their admission to hospital, or if somebody has an operation postponed. [â¦] I know itâs difficult, I know itâs frustrating, I know itâs disappointing for people, and I apologise.â
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