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Christian Medical Fellowship shares concerns over NHS stats

by Eno Adeogun

Across the country, 92 per cent of beds were taken and all non-emergency operations in England this month have been postponed in an attempt to ease pressure on hospitals.

The Prime Minister has apologised for the delays and said she recognises it's "difficult" for those affected and hopes procedures can be rescheduled "as soon as possible".

Steve Fouch from the Christian Medical Fellowship told Premier we shouldn't be surprised by the increasing pressures.

Speaking during Premier's New Hour, he said: "These first two weeks of the New Year are usually the most pressurised time for the National Health Service.

"At one level, none of this is a huge surprise - this is what we would expect every year but what we're seeing every year is that the pressure is getting worse."

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Despite Theresa May's apology for people's postponed operations, she has insisted the NHS is not in crisis.

Fouch told Premier's News Hour delaying operations won't solve the issue.

He explained: "The reality is we are kicking all these problems further down the line.

"People who are not being seen now have got to be seen in February or in March and if they're not, then that's a very... serious issue."

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The latest figures also show that 5,000 more patients were left waiting outside A and E departments in England for more than half an hour last week - compared to the previous seven days.

This happened to nearly 17,000 people over the festive period.

 
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