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Hospitals told to cancel pre-planned operations to treat emergencies

LONDON Jan 3, 2018: Hospitals in England are being told to delay pre-planned operations and routine outpatient appointments until 31 January due to winter pressures, BBC reported.
The advice comes as Milton Keynes University Hospital is telling people only to attend for emergency treatment.
Two ambulance trusts in England, east and north-east, say they are on the highest alert.
Separately, a doctor apologised on Twitter for "third world conditions" in the hospital where he works in Stoke.
The delays are likely to affect tens of thousands of operations and outpatient appointments.
NHS England's National Emergency Pressures Panel, which met for the second time on Tuesday, said it had extended the deadline for deferral of all non-urgent inpatient elective care - such as hip or knee replacements - to 31 January, to free up capacity for the sickest of patients.
But it said cancer operations and time-critical procedures should go ahead as planned.
With many hospitals treating large numbers of patients in corridors and with extended ambulance waits, NHS England's National Emergency Pressures Panel (NEPP) has also lifted the ban on mixed-sex wards, Sky News reported.
The measures have been recommended to try and free up staff to help deal with an increased number of patients attending A&E with complex conditions, many of which require them to be admitted.
There are also concerns about an increase in flu cases, particularly a severe Australasian strain that has already been linked to deaths in Ireland.
The move comes after hospital trusts across England reported huge pressure over the festive period, with one A&E consultant comparing conditions in his hospital in Stoke to the third world.
One of the NHS's most experienced chief executives, Andrew Foster of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, told Sky News he had never seen such demand.