Hospitals told to cancel operations amid pressure

Hospitals in England are being advised to cancel all elective operations and in-patient treatments until the end of January in response to extreme pressure on A&E departments over the Christmas and New Year period.

With many hospitals running at close to full capacity, NHS England’s National Emergency Pressures Panel (NEPP) has also said hospitals will not be penalised if patients are admitted to mixed-sex wards.

The measures have been taken to free-up staff to help deal with increased number of patients attending A&E.

Hospital trusts have reported huge pressure over the Christmas period, with one A&E consultant in reporting that conditions in his hospital in Stoke were “third-world”.

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