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Hospital Beds

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 90313, tabled on 9 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the number of beds in NHS England hospitals.

Answered on

15 December 2021

National Health Service bed capacity is not fixed and can be flexible to meet changes in demand.

The seasonal flu and COVID-19 booster vaccination programmes also aim to reduce the level of hospital admissions and increase bed capacity. We have also provided an additional £478 million to the NHS for the rest of this year to continue the enhanced hospital discharge programme, to maximise the number of available beds.