Nightingale hospitals built to relieve Covid strain on the NHS are lying empty or hardly being used
NIGHTINGALE hospitals built to relieve Covid strain on the NHS are lying empty or hardly being used, a Sun on Sunday probe has found.
Photos from the sites across the UK show them empty or deserted.
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One MP has slammed it as ‘shocking’ and ‘terrible’ and called for them to be brought back into use.
And Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “We’re heading into the next NHS coronavirus crisis with hospital wards struggling without enough doctors, nurses and health care staff.
“It’s all very well Ministers telling us they have Nightingales but if they can’t sufficiently staff existing wards how can they guarantee enough doctors and nurses at the Nightingales?
“Sadly our health and care service is trying to cope on the back of years of Tory cutbacks and understaffing.”
Even in London – where NHS hospitals are reaching breaking point – NHS bosses only have the ExCeL centre “on standby”.
NHS hospitals, mental health services and community providers report a shortage of 87,000 staff.
NHS England said the London, Birmingham and Sunderland hospitals are on standby, Manchester is open for “non-Covid care”, Exeter and Harrogate as “specialist diagnostics centres”, and Bristol for “local NHS services”.
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