Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stopped short of saying he would be happy to currently send a member of his own family to any NHS hospital.
Asked if he could personally entrust the health service amid claims of a winter crisis, he said: "I would be happy to send a member of my family to the vast majority of NHS hospitals."
But when asked if he would send a loved one to a hospital with a high level alert, Mr Hunt replied: "Well the ones ... all hospitals have periods where the pressures get higher. What we've seen over this Christmas period is a few hospitals which have had very sustained and difficult problems particularly Worcestershire, but a number of others."
The health secretary earlier denied the NHS is facing a humanitarian crisis, saying "very serious problems" had been limited to "one or two hospitals".
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