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14 January 2018, 09:54 | Melissa Porter
West Coast Surfer Global Look Press
Authorities have told hospitals to defer routine outpatient appointments and focus on emergencies, the BBC reports.
He thanked NHS staff for their "heroic" job, saying they were working "beyond the call of duty".
Cancer operations and procedures that are time-critical will continue as usual, officials emphasized.
The hospital has advised that it is facing extreme and sustained pressure due to very high numbers of patients seeking emergency medical care.
The MP said: "This latest crisis, which has led to cancelling operations this month, is a new low for the NHS under the Tories".
It was not uncommon for an A&E to have 20 to 40 patients waiting for a ward bed, he claimed, adding: 'In some cases, I've heard of 50 patients in an emergency department waiting for a bed.
The move comes after hospital trusts across England reported huge pressure over the festive period, with one A&E consultant comparing conditions in his hospital in Stoke to the third world.
Some ambulance services have also started asking 999 callers with less serious problems to make their own way to hospital, patients are being put on mixed sex wards and hospital's are bringing Global Positioning System into A&E to help deal with patients.
"Many [NHS trusts] dealing with unprecedented demand, reflecting the recent rise in cases of flu and respiratory illness, the impact of norovirus and - in some places - primary care including Global Positioning System working at more than full stretch".
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