GMB urge government to mobilise private hospital beds ‘rent free’
By Peter Lazenby
EALTH privateers should provide hospital beds “rent free” during the coronavirus outbreak, general union GMB said today.
Britain has only a quarter of the number of acute public hospital beds as Germany, and half the number of Italy, according to figures from the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation.
The government has said that as the coronavirus crisis deepens it will use beds in private hospitals at a cost of £2.4 million a day.
GMB national officer Rehana Azam said: “It’s time to take back these beds for the NHS, rent free.