NHS: Children’s Emergency Beds - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:44 pm on 27th January 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 2:44 pm, 27th January 2020

My Lords, I go back to what the Minister said in response to my noble friend. It sounded to me as if he was suggesting that the faculties and Royal Colleges had somehow falsified figures. That is a very serious accusation so I would like him to clarify that and, if that is what the Government think, what they are going to do about it.

Secondly, one of the reasons for the pressure on beds is staff shortages; many units were limiting the number of patients that they could treat to fewer than their physical bed space. Does the Minister recognise that dilemma, and what action are the Government taking urgently to address the workforce crisis in paediatric medicine?