NHS cancels surgery for tens of thousands to avoid winter crisis

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Hospital chiefs are told by NHS England to take drastic action, including setting up makeshift wards

Tens of thousands of patients are having their surgery cancelled and hospitals will set up makeshift wards in a dramatic escalation of the NHS’s efforts to avoid the service going into meltdown this winter.

In an unprecedented edict, NHS England has told hospitals to delay operations such as cataract removals and hip and knee replacements until mid-January. The only exceptions to the new policy are cancer operations and also what the NHS called “time-critical procedures” where the surgery has to go ahead to avoid the patient’s condition deteriorating further.

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