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Hospitals: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 72598, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 November to Question 68465 on Hospitals: Coronavirus, notwithstanding the imminent delivery plan for reducing waiting lists, if he will publish an assessment of the effect of covid-19 hospitalisations on (a) the availability of hospital (i) beds and (ii) staff and (b) elective procedures as of 9 November 2021.

Answered on

16 November 2021

There are no plans at present to publish an assessment of the effect of COVID-19 hospitalisations on the availability of hospital beds, staff and elective procedures.

National Health Service (NHS) capacity, including beds, staff and elective activity, is kept under regular national review, while local systems have their own plans in place to meet the needs of their communities.

The NHS publishes monthly performance data that shows the impact of COVID-19 and the current waiting lists for services.

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