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Letters Response to winter crisis

Cancelling routine surgery: creating more problems than it solves

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 08 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k897
  1. Daniel R Gibney, locum doctor
  1. Barts Health, London, UK
  1. danielgibney{at}

Although many will have agreed with the unprecedented decision by NHS England to cancel all routine NHS operations for January 2018,1 we must consider the implications. This does not solve any long term problems—it merely creates a backlog of people waiting for surgery, some of whom will …

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