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Coronavirus: Hospitals

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 31534, tabled on 18 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support UK hospitals during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

27 May 2020

The Department is supporting the National Health Service (NHS) so that it can help those who need it the most.

The establishment of the Nightingale hospitals was an unprecedented response to an unprecedented challenge and they provide extra capacity to manage potential surges in demand due to Covid-19.

We have also been greatly strengthened by over 10,000 health professionals who have been passed onto Trusts to deploy; and over 25,000 student nurses and midwives, over 3,000 final year medical students and over 4,000 other health professionals who have started their NHS careers early.

The Chancellor has also set out a package of targeted measures which include a £5 billion emergency response fund to support the NHS and other public services. He has since reiterated that whatever resources the NHS needs, it will get.