Lady Margaret Thatcher has been admitted to Cromwell Hospital in London following an infection thought to be caused by an earlier bout of flu.
The 85-year-old Conservative was forced to cancel her birthday party at 10 Downing Street last week after falling ill with suspected flu. She sent a message to David Cameron saying “on this particular occasion I have had to accept that the Lady is not for returning. Please, please enjoy yourselves,” the Telegraph reports. The current PM had arranged the party, with 150 people on the guest list, in Thatcher’s honour.
A spokesperson said Thatcher’s condition is not serious and she is expected to leave hospital within a few days. The Baroness was reportedly admitted for “routine” tests and treatment, which were better carried out under supervision than at home.
The BBC points out that in 2005, Thatcher was advised by doctors not to make any more public appearances due to some minor strokes. In March 2008, she was taken to hospital after falling ill during a dinner at Westminster. She spent one night there before being discharged.
The former leader, who served as PM between the years of 1979 and 1990, was also admitted last June when she broke her arm following a fall at her London home.
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