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Fact Check: are there more beds available across the NHS?

Posted on 9 January 2018

Katja Grasic writes for The Conversation

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According to NHS statistics, there were on average 139,935 beds available in NHS hospitals in England between July and September 2017. This is actually 2,526 fewer beds than in the same period in the previous year, when there were on average 142,461 beds available. The drop was the highest in the acute sector, where there were 1,736 fewer beds. However, there was a reduction across all settings, including mental health, learning disabilities and maternity. Read more