Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th April 2022.

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Photo of Dehenna Davison Dehenna Davison Conservative, Bishop Auckland

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to maximise NHS capacity.

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

The Department continues to focus on recovery of services, as we have throughout the pandemic. The NHS and the Department have sought to maximise availability of capacity by all practical means, including virtual wards, the use of independent sector capacity, a focus on maximising safe discharge, coupled with investment in up to 160 community diagnostic centres, innovation in surgical hubs, and through growing our NHS workforce.

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