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Coronavirus: Hospitals

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL2655, tabled on 16 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to build new hospitals to cope with any influx of COVID-19 patients.

Answered on

15 May 2020

The Government has taken a number of actions to ensure the National Health Service has sufficient hospital capacity to care for COVID-19 patients, including:

- in order to plan for reasonable worst-case scenarios, we have opened a number of Nightingale hospitals across England, which will provide thousands of extra beds if local services need them as a result of the virus;

- the NHS has created extra capacity of 33,000 additional beds freed up across NHS hospitals – the equivalent of building 50 district general hospitals - plus 8,000 beds through an unprecedented deal with the independent sector;

- in addition, since February the Government has been running a new capital facility to provide additional funding to NHS organisations, where needed for any urgent building works linked to the coronavirus response; and

- this is on top of the 40 new hospitals and 20 hospital upgrades the Government announced as part of the Health Infrastructure Plan – which we are continuing to deliver and committed to doing so as soon as possible.