Aug 7, 2020

Coronavirus: NHS England scales back private sector deal

NHS England has announced it is to relinquish its access to more than 90% of private hospitals' beds, staff and equipment. NHS England acknowledged it would need to keep using private hospitals' beds and staff in its efforts to get the health service back to normal. NHS England said it would still fund local spending on private hospitals. As the coronavirus crisis was developing in March, NHS England signed what seemed a prudent deal at the time, gaining access to most of the private sector hospital beds with their staff. One private sector source says it "Came out of the blue" and appears to be at odds with the Prime Minister's suggestion that some of a recent £3bn allocation for the NHS would be used for a continued deal with independent providers.

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