British Prime Minister Theresa May has apologized to patients after the National Health Service cancelled thousands of medical operations and hospital admissions caused by the winter crisis.
“I know it is difficult, I know it is frustrating, I know it is disappointing for people and I apologize,” May said Thursday after visiting a hospital outside London.
The British premier said she can only hope that operations can be reinstated as soon as possible.
NHS is the publicly funded national healthcare system for England and one of the four National Health Services of the United Kingdom.
Her comments come amid growing criticism of the government’s response to what is now being described as the healthcare system’s winter crisis.
Earlier this week, officials at the NHS recommended that hospitals cancel all non-urgent appointments and operations until next month, meaning about 50,000 operations may be postponed.
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