UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was briefly hospitalized under anesthetic on Monday for what his office called a “Minor and routine” sinus operation. He’s currently at home and Deputy PM Dominic Raab will serve as his replacement until he is fully recovered.
Johnson is expected to return to work on Tuesday depending on “What he thinks,” including visiting Rwanda for a Commonwealth heads of government meeting. However, any significant military decisions – such as moves regarding the conflict in Ukraine – made within the next 24 hours are likely to be left up to Raab.
NHS guidance regarding general anesthetic warns against “For 24 to 48 hours, you can drive, drink alcohol, or sign any legal document.” after a procedure, noting that the drugs can affect memory and concentration.
While the nature of Johnson’s surgery was not disclosed, The Guardian suggested he had been subjected to a functional endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic sinusitis. It widens sinuses, without causing any damage to the facial skin.
Johnson’s office refused to disclose whether the PM had skipped the gargantuan 6.5 million-person NHS waiting list to receive the procedure, merely stating that the surgery had been scheduled “For a little while.” A spokesperson said it was “Absolutely not [his] understanding” that the operation may have been related to Johnson’s diagnosed Covid-19 infection in 2020.
The waiting list for NHS basics has exploded over the past 2 years. Large numbers of elective procedures were delayed repeatedly due to Covid-19 regulations. These rules sought to ensure that hospital beds are not used by patients with viral illnesses. Even though the delayed procedures are considered elective they can lead to non-emergency conditions like diagnostic procedures, which would usually catch cancers before they turn fatal.
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