[Ed. – Just one of the many joys of single-payer health care. No matter how painful or inconvenient your condition, if you’re not on the brink of death in Britain this month, your surgery will just have to wait.]
The British government-run National Health Service on Tuesday ordered every hospital in England to cancel all non-urgent surgeries in order to free up staff and beds for emergency patients.
The NHS order will result in around 50,000 operations being postponed until at least February as overcrowded hospitals struggle to tend to everyone, the Telegraph reported. A spike in winter flu has forced frail patients to face 12-hour waits while some hospital corridors are running out of space.
British Prime Minister Theresa May apologized on Thursday to the patients whose operations were canceled, calling the situation “frustrating.”