Continued pressure on the NHS in Reading has led to many cancelled operations, and the Royal Berkshire Hospital is struggling to meet the increase in demand. The hospital has not only had to appeal to medical and nursing staff to turn in to cover extra shifts, but news has also emerged of the NHS Trust drafting in volunteers from the St. John Ambulance. Planned surgery is being cancelled for the whole duration of January 2018, with some patients being told as late as being laid on a trolley in the hospital recovery room awaiting preparation for their operation.

MP for Reading East Matt Rodda was interviewed by Mel Bloor from ITV Meridian, which was broadcast as the lead item on the 6pm news on Monday 8 January 2018.

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