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Hospital Beds: Private Sector

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 97627, tabled on 30 September 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what consultations will take place with local NHS acute care providers before any new contracts for private sector beds are signed.

Answered on

2 November 2020

National Health Service patients benefit from an unprecedented partnership with private hospitals as we battle the COVID-19 outbreak. The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked with the independent sector to secure all appropriate inpatient capacity and other resource across England.

The addition of around 6,500 additional beds has increased NHS capacity and ensured that facilities are available for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 whilst ensuring continuity of service for non-COVID patients requiring elective activity, including cancer and other urgent treatment. Latest collected information shows that over 215,000 patient contacts had taken place under the contract.