Hospital operators agree deal to maintain services and ensure NHS does not become overwhelmed
Private hospital operators including Spire Healthcare and Circle Health will receive between £225m and £525m from NHS England under a deal struck this week to maintain services and ensure the health service does not become overwhelmed as cases of the Omicron Covid variant surge.
NHS hospitals in England will be able to use private hospitals and staff if Covid-19 admissions soar to avoid delays in treatment for patients with serious illnesses such as cancer. The financial details of the three-month deal, announced on Monday, have emerged in a letter from the NHS England chief executive, Amanda Pritchard, to the health secretary, Sajid Javid, dated 7 January.
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