"However, we are of course sorry for any extended waiting times experienced by patients and their families during this exceptionally busy period".
More than 5000 patients were forced to wait over four hours to be seen at accident and emergency departments between Christmas Day and Hogmanay, with hundreds others having to wait for more than 12 hours.
The Prime Minister and Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt last week repeatedly claimed the NHS is better prepared than ever before this winter.
It comes as official figures released today show the NHS ended the year with the same A&E waiting time performance level in December - 85.1 per cent - as at the start of the year, equalling January's record low and the worst result since the target was introduced in 2004.
Thousands of patients are waiting in ambulances for hours as the hospitals lack adequate space.
A spokesman for the Vic said the severity of cases seen last month meant people were spending longer on the ward, while the success of efforts to get patients with more minor conditions to seek treatment elsewhere - such as walk-in centres - meant a greater proportion of those seen at the hospital needed more intensive treatment, causing delays for other patients.
The signatories are from hospitals including major London teaching hospitals such as the Royal Free, King's College and Guy's and St Thomas's, as well as regional trauma centres such as the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS trust, which runs the Royal Stoke hospital, as well as several of the seven health boards in Wales.
OnMedica reports that the organisation said pressures being experienced by front-line health and care services this winter "are a watershed moment for the NHS".
Alarming: A&E chiefs from 68 hospitals warn patients are 'dying prematurely'
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson called for a temporary halt on any planned cuts to hospital bed numbers.
The First Minister said: "N evertheless, Scotland's NHS remains the best-performing NHS anywhere in the United Kingdom".
A spokesperson said: "There has been a 68.7% increase in the number of A&E consultants since 2010, and the NHS was given top priority in the recent Budget with an extra £2.8bn allocated over the next two years". That has gone to 107 per 100,000 - that is four times the level of flu in this week a year ago.
Chris Hopson of NHS Providers had told media: "Too often, in too many places, standards of care are compromised and patients' safety put at risk".
The Labour leader read an extract from a letter from Mr Wilson's son Michael to Health Secretary Shona Robison, which said: "I am sure you will say that it's got nothing to do with you or the SNP and blame Westminster".
He added: "That is an 80 year old man with underlying health conditions waiting more than 16 hours for treatment".
The figures show that bed occupancy levels have gone back up to 95%, but, more positively, delayed transfers of care - when a patient is ready to leave a hospital - were lower than at the same point in any of the past four years.
Ford Edge ST: Crossover gets hot-hatch thinking, more tech
An optional performance e-brake package with 345 mm vented rear rotors and red-painted calipers is optional on the ST as well. That is connected to a quicker-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission that routes power to all four wheels .
You've also got co-op play via the Switch's Joy-Con, so you can happily team up with a buddy wherever you are. As announced in the Nintendo Direct Mini this morning, Tropical Freeze will hit the Switch in a few months.
The reveal of Google's smart screens is fresh, so all of the details aren't in yet for each of the independent manufacturers. And this week we're announcing that over the coming year, more headphones are on the way from Jaybird, JBL, LG and Sony.
The new study suggests that the ice built up over time, much the same way that Earth's glaciers and ice sheets came to be. Streaks on images of the surface of Mars , thought to be water , were previous year revealed to be just drifts of sand.
Shevah laid to rest at the wildcat settlement today - the first person to be buried there at the wish of his family. The attack took place near Havat Gilad, an unauthorized Israeli settlement outpost near Nablus.
Otherwise, they'd be wise to keep a vigilant eye out for any new entrants sliding into their private conversations. Despite the sheer number of members in a group, someone is bound to notice an unexpected "guest" in their group.
The new withholding tables take into account a variety of changes brought about by the passage of the GOP's revamped tax code. Treasury would achieve that, the lawmakers surmised in the letter, by pushing the IRS to change its formula for withholdings.
Though Katy was nowhere to be found, Ed Sheeran and rapper Future joined Taylor for the fun in Tokyo , Miami and London . Every Swiftie worth their salt knows the pop star's mythology like the back of one of her zines.
Steve Womack believes it's important to make sure CHIP is on "proper fiscal footing for an extended period of time". As it happens, that estimate only included seven years of funding, for reasons I couldn't quite figure out.
The payment stands at 30 million US dollars for the subsequent 10,000 and 50 million USA dollars for another 10,000 square km. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless $A200 million search of 120,000sqkm in January past year .
Georgia QB Jacob Eason Is Expected To Transfer To Washington
Jake Browning is returning for his senior season at Washington , which is expected to be one of the nation's top teams in 2018. He completed 55.1 percent of his throws for 2,430 yards with 16 touchdown passes and eight interceptions across 13 games.
Health Department encourages radon testing
It is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium found in our soil, a natural and expected occurrence. According to the University of Toledo's Ohio Radon Information System, 11,259 Greene County homes have been tested for radon.
Suspects Sought in Salisbury Armed Robbery
The victim of the carjacking refused to pursue charges, but charges were pending against the man for the robbery, police said. Police are trying to identify three people connected to the armed robbery of an Oklahoma City man.
UEFA Team of the Year revealed
Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was the most voted player being selected by 588,315 users, some 73,7% of the total vote. Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.
Alabama defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne leaving for NFL
Payne was a key run-stopper in the middle and also had an interception and touchdown catch in the semifinal win over Clemson. Fitzpatrick is a lock to be selected in the first round, with many people believing he will be a top ten pick.