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NHS strikes deal with private hospitals gaining 20,000 extra staff with beds and ventilators

by LLB Reporter
21st Mar 20 3:41 pm

The NHS has struck a deal with private hospitals who have almost 20,000 qualified staff, 8,000 hospitals and 1,200 ventilators.

Across England private hospitals have 10,000 nurses, 700 doctors and more than 8,000 fully qualified clinical staff, all of which will join the NHS to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Those in London that need medical care will now have access to more than 2,000 extra hospital beds and over 250 operating theatres.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said, “We’re dealing with an unprecedented global health threat and are taking immediate and exceptional action to gear up.

“The NHS is doing everything in its power to expand treatment capacity, and is working with partners right across the country to do so.

“But it is absolutely vital that this is matched by successful and comprehensive adoption of the public measures needed to cut the spread of the virus.

“We all have to play our part to help offset the enormous pressure that our nurses, doctors and other specialists will otherwise face.”

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, Health said on Saturday, “I know how hard the NHS have been working to secure extra beds and staffing.

“This is great news for the hospitals and staff doing everything they can to combat Coronavirus. I want to pay particular tribute to those heroes returning to front line to support their colleagues and help as many patients recover from the virus.”

The agreement between the NHS and the private hospital sector will relocate their entire national hospital capacity.

David Hare, Chief Executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network said, “Independent hospitals are boosting emergency capacity to put at the disposal of the NHS over these coming weeks.

“We have worked hand-in-hand with the NHS for decades and will do whatever it takes to support the NHS in responding to this pandemic.

“This significant additional capacity across the country will be a major boost to the NHS’s efforts to treat those patients that need hospital care over the coming period and the independent sector stands ready to maintain that support for as long as needed.”

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