Private health sector signs 'historic' COVID-19 deal

‘Almost entire hospital capacity'

Adam Saville
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the deal as 'great news'
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the deal as 'great news'

Agreement to free up thousands of beds, ventilators and healthcare staff to help NHS during coronavirus

The private health sector has signed a 'cost-price' deal to provide extra resources, including 20,000 staff, to help the support the coronavirus crisis. The deal, the first of its kind, will see almost its entire national hospital capacity become available to the NHS, which will include 8,000 hospital beds across England, nearly 1200 more ventilators, 10,000 nurses, more than 700 doctors and 8,000 other clinical staff. This includes 2000 hospital beds in London. It is thought the extra resources...

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