Hospital Beds: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase NHS hospital capacity to manage the projected increase in patients with covid-19 during autumn 2020 and winter 2020-21.

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

Holding answer received on 11 June 2020

The possibility of a second surge in COVID-19 cases means that we cannot afford to relax our commitment to provide whatever the National Health Service needs to tackle COVID-19. We continue to work closely with the NHS and partners on the capacity needed for the next period and guidance has already been issued to the NHS on the process of starting to restore urgent non-COVID-19 services in a safe way, whilst ensuring surge capacity can be stood up again should it be needed.

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