Thursday, 4 January 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May apologises for NHS winter crisis

Theresa May has apologised for delays to thousands of NHS operations and hospital admissions caused by the winter crisis.
It comes after official figures revealed 16,893 patients waited more than 30 minutes on ambulances at accident and emergency departments in England during the week up to New Year's Eve - up 42% from 11,900 in the previous week.

The Prime Minister said she recognised the situation was "difficult", "frustrating" and "disappointing".

She said: "I 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.

"We will hope to ensure that those operations can be reinstated as soon as possible.

"I know it's difficult, I know it's frustrating, I know it's disappointing for people, and I apologise."

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to staff as she visits Frimley Park Hospital near Camberley in Surrey

It comes as tens of thousands of planned operations have been postponed as the NHS deals with the most urgent cases.

Figures published by NHS England showed the bed occupancy rate in hospitals reached 91.7% during the festive period - 85% is considered safe.

Twelve hospital trusts reported 100% bed occupancy rates on New Year's Eve.

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