Covid-19: NHS Bed Capacity

Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons on 12th January 2021.

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Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

I can reassure the hon. Lady that beds and increased capacity, where we put them in place, are allocated on the basis of where they are needed. She is right to highlight the pressure that her local hospital trust, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, is under. The team there, as across the NHS, are doing an amazing job, but the critical care bed occupancy rate in her trust was 98.7% on the latest figures I have. That is extremely significant pressure, but I can give her the reassurance that we look to ensure that all areas receive the resources they need.