13,000 more beds needed to make NHS safe, report claims

By Heather Jameson | 31 May 2022

At least 13,000 more hospital beds are needed to tackle ‘unsafe’ bed occupancy levels and NHS backlogs, a report by health experts found.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) found the number of hospital beds has dropped by 25,000 in the past decade.

The report, Beds in the NHS, found Britain has 163,000 hospital beds, down 24,863 in 2010.

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