Sajid Javid tells NHS to send cancer patients to private hospitals amid delays from Covid pandemic


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Sajid Javid tells NHS to send cancer patients to private hospitals to end further treatment delays caused by pandemic

  • The Health Secretary reportedly told the NHS over the weekend to get private hospital beds
  • Did so in an effort to increase capacity amid a growing number of trusts experiencing staff shortages due to Covid cases
  • Additional private beds will be paid for by the NHS and will include the provision of some forms of cancer surgery










The NHS has been ordered to send cancer patients to private hospitals to prevent their treatment from being further delayed by the pandemic.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid reportedly told the NHS over the weekend he needed to ‘urgently secure’ private hospital beds and equipment to increase capacity amid a growing number of trusts knowing debilitating staff shortages due to Covid cases.

It is hoped that these plans will prevent future restrictions being imposed on England, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Additional private beds will be paid for by the NHS and will include the provision of some forms of cancer surgery and other care not normally provided by the private sector under existing agreements.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid reportedly told the NHS over the weekend he needed to ‘urgently secure’ private hospital beds and equipment to increase capacity amid a growing number of trusts knowing debilitating staff shortages due to Covid cases

Some beds will also be made available in case Covid patients overwhelm the confidence of the NHS, leaving them unable to provide emergency care.

“We are going to do everything we can to avoid more restrictions,” a Whitehall source told the newspaper.

“Our lines of defense through vaccines, tests and antivirals are crucial and hold up, but we are also strengthening the capacity of the NHS as much as possible.

“Sajid wants the NHS to use the independent sector if necessary. The aim is to ensure that as much capacity as possible is available to help the NHS get through the Omicron wave.

NHS use of private sector facilities has increased 15% from pre-pandemic levels over the past year and includes the outsourcing of nearly 2,800,000 surgeries.

Some beds will also be made available in case Covid patients overwhelm NHS trusts leaving them unable to provide emergency care (stock image)

Some beds will also be made available in case Covid patients overwhelm NHS trusts leaving them unable to provide emergency care (stock image)

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