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Hospital Beds: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th May 2020.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether projected winter bed capacity in NHS hospitals is a criterion in determining the lockdown easement strategy.

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

Holding answer received on 18 May 2020

The National Health Service currently has sufficient capacity to meet current demand.

A key priority for the Government is to continue to ensure that NHS capacity is able to meet demand, including for winter.

The NHS is planning to retain their demonstrated ability to quickly repurpose and ‘surge’ capacity locally and regionally, if and when it should be needed.

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