Revealed: Most Nightingales in £500m programme to close

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  • Four Nightingale hospitals in England to close permanently
  • Remaining three facilities to provide vaccination and elective care service
  • £500m Nightingales were “ultimate insurance policy”, says NHSE/I

England’s Nightingale hospitals will be “stood down” from providing beds for covid-19 patients by next month, with some of the facilities set to be used for other purposes.

HSJ understands the seven temporary hospitals will either be closed or used for vaccination or restoration of non-covid services from 1 April.

It comes with government having set no plan for additional covid costs for the NHS beyond the end of this month, despite NHS requests and critical care beds still being in surge in many areas of the country.

An NHS England and Improvement spokesman described the hospitals, which cost more than £500m to establish and maintain, as “the ultimate insurance policy”.

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Source: HSJ