As a winter pressure
system strengthened over the country, residents of the city of Iwamizawa, just outside the Hokkaido capital of Sapporo, had a frosty minus 10.3 C morning while the summer resort town of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, saw minus 7.5 C, it said.
But he said the NHS was coping very well in difficult circumstances, with the money provided for winter pressure
The Betsi Cadwaladr Health University Board sparked fury last year when it announced the temporary ward closures and reduced opening hours at MIUs without consultation, to allow it to open more beds and divert staff to the region's three district hospitals to cope with "unprecedented" winter pressure
. The move sparked protests in the affected towns and the backlash forced health officials into a partial retreat in Pwllheli when they decided against the complete closure of Bryn beryl's 15-bed Llyyen ward - keeping four beds open.
Three regional winter pressure
groups were set up in the NHS to manage demand.
"Additional winter pressure
funding has been made available to try and help alleviate the pressure but this winter has been particularly busy across the health sector which reflects the picture nationally."
The beds in the acute medical unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital were funded by extra winter pressure
on hospitals will never be eliminated by extending the vaccine among the elderly, Dr Fleming warned.
However, Health Department sources said the rise was due to usual "winter pressure
" and pointed to the massive reduction in waits of over 12 hours from December 2012 to December 2013.
Concerns about winter pressure
follow a report which warns the NHS must recruit 110,000 extra nurses in four years to meet the Government target of 20,000 more by 2004.
Shadow health minister Darren Millar AM said: "These figures are worryingly low and suggest the potential for more winter pressure
on our NHS.
The hospital trusts are calling for more funds from the Government to relieve this winter pressure
Cardiff has been identified as one of four areas across South Wales where the winter pressure
on hospitals was at its highest.