Jeremy Hunt defends decision to postpone non-urgent NHS surgery

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Health secretary apologises to people whose operations have been cancelled but says approach is planned and methodical

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has defended plans to postpone non-urgent surgery until the end of the month, amid growing criticism of the government’s response to the NHS winter crisis.

Hunt said the decision was made to allow “a planned, methodical, thoughtful” approach. He also apologised to patients who had faced upheaval, saying: “It’s absolutely not what I want.”

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