Bed shortages are clearly having a significant impact on all areas including cancer operations.
Senior doctors say they are concerned about the number of cancer patients having their operations cancelled amid "tremendous pressure" facing the NHS in England this winter. Ian Eardley, from the Royal College of Surgeons, said a shortage of beds was one of the causes. Such surgery is usually protected under treatment time guidelines, he added. The NHS said it was "pulling out all the stops" to ensure patients receive surgery "as quickly as possible".