Hospital Beds

Department of Health written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the adequacy of the number of escalation beds available to NHS healthcare providers in winter 2014-15.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is for local providers and commissioners to work together to ensure the necessary number of escalation beds are available in winter.

The Government has supported National Health Service preparedness for winter by providing £700 million, £300 million more than last year, in extra funding. This funding is paying for thousands of additional beds including in the acute, general and social care sectors.

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