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UK's Theresa May in Hot Water Over Healthcare Crisis at First PMQs of 2018

© REUTERS / Kerry DaviesBritain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, addresses the Conservative Spring Forum in central London, Britain April 9, 2016.
Britain's Home Secretary, Theresa May, addresses the Conservative Spring Forum in central London, Britain April 9, 2016. - Sputnik International
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A number of lawmakers, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, put forth their questions to PM Theresa May, who faced serious pressure over the National Health Service’s (NHS) winter crisis.

The first Questions to the Prime Minister (PMQs) session of 2018 was held in London on Wednesday. The PMQs is a constitutional convention held every Wednesday, during which UK Prime Minister Theresa May answers questions from Members of Parliament.

​Talking about the NHS crisis, Jeremy Corbyn said 17,000 patients had waited in the back of ambulances in late-December.

"What words of comfort does the PM have to the 17,000 patients waiting in the back of ambulances in the last week of December? Is it 'nothing's perfect', by any chance?" Corbyn asked.

May said she was sorry to people who faced  delays in medical services but said the NHS was better prepared for this winter than ever before.

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Corbyn continued his criticism of May over the healthcare crisis, talking about the postponement of thousands of operations in January due to a surge in demand at the NHS during the winter period.

"I fully accept that the NHS is under pressure over the winter… I apologize to those people who have had their operations delayed," she said.

Corbyn also mocked May over reports that she planned to sack Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over the NHS crisis, claiming she was "too weak" to do so.

​The questions came in the wake of a report on Wednesday in The Times, which said a leading hospital was delaying chemotherapy for patients due to a shortfall of nurses in the medical unit.

Labour MP Luciana Berger asked May about the report and asked her to apologize, but the prime minister dismissed the question.

​In addition to her apology to the patients, May also had to apologize for mocking Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner for missing the PMQs.

​After realizing that Rayner was absent due to medical reasons, May said, "Oh I’m… I do apologize… I did not realize the Shadow Education Secretary was herself undergoing medical treatment. I apologize unreservedly for that comment."

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