On Thursday the weather was foul; schools shut and hospital transport was stopped. The forecast for Friday did not look any better.
One of my colleagues had a day case operating list for the Friday morning and noticed that three of the patients were very elderly; perhaps it would be safest for them to be cancelled and rebooked. A manager was consulted. "NO" the answer came, because if they were cancelled they would be breaching the waiting list target.
So, it's better for an 85 year old to risk falling on the ice and breaking a limb than imperil the government's entirely arbitrary waiting list targets. Have they no shame?