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NHS bosses criticise private hospitals for continuing with non-urgent operations – The Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nhs-bosses-criticise-private-hospitals-for-continuing-with-non-urgent-operations-5bb06q29t

NHS chiefs have criticised private hospitals and doctors in London for performing non-urgent operations despite the “unthinkable pressures” of the pandemic.

A letter leaked to HSJ, the health service journal, asked trusts in the capital “not to support” private work for at least a month.

London’s NHS hospitals have cancelled almost all planned care. At least two have postponed urgent cancer surgery as figures show that treatment levels are failing to keep pace with demand. The NHS has been trying to negotiate use of the capital’s private hospitals for cancer patients.

Matt Hancock, the health secretary, told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One that the health service was “probably under the greatest pressure” ever.

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