'Routine operation' for Thatcher

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The Independent Online

Former prime minister Lady Thatcher will have a "routine" operation to insert a pin into her broken upper arm following a fall, her spokesman said today.

The 83-year-old has been recovering in hospital since last week after breaking her upper left arm but doctors have decided that the injury is not healing as quickly as they would like.

Spokesman Mark Worthington said: "Lady Thatcher is to undergo a routine surgical procedure to insert a pin into the bone of her upper arm in order to assist the healing process. Therefore she will be remaining in hospital for the time being."