NHS England lifts suspension on non-urgent operations

From BBC - January 26, 2018

The suspension of non-urgent operations to ease winter NHS pressures in England is to be lifted from February.

Hospitals had been advised to defer non-urgent operations until mid-January, which was then extended in a bid to free up hospital staff and beds.

Announcing the end of the suspension, an NHS emergency panel said pressures on the service had eased in January.

Hospitals should be able to plan a "return to a full elective care programme" from next month, it said.

The decision to end the suspension of non-urgent operations - which include hip or knee replacements - was taken at a meeting of the NHS's Emergency Pressures Panel (NEPP), which was set up to provide advice on winter pressure and clinical risk.

In a letter to hospital bosses, it said there were early indications that levels of flu were stabilising and that pressures have eased since December.

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