Intensive Care: Hospital Beds

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 27 November 2023.

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Photo of Rob Roberts Rob Roberts Independent, Delyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of hospital beds for acute treatment.

Photo of Rob Roberts Rob Roberts Independent, Delyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS England publication of 20 January 2023 entitled Delivery plan for recovering urgent and emergency care services, what his planned timetable is for delivering 5,000 additional permanent beds; and what steps the Government is taking to progress delivery of those additional beds.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Our Delivery Plan for recovering urgent and emergency care services set the ambition to increase the core general and acute bed base, above originally planned 2022/23 levels, by 5,000 sustainable, permanent beds in 2023/24. This takes the funded core bed base to over 99,000. NHS England in continuing to work with local systems and trusts to deliver this ambition.

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