Private hospitals treated just EIGHT Covid patients a day during the pandemic despite getting billions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash, report says

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  • Treasury booked capacity of 7,956 beds in 187 private hospitals in England
  • The move was aimed at preventing the NHS from becoming overwhelmed amid Covid
  • But the think-tank says that private hospitals did not treat any Covid patients on 39 percent of the days between March 2020 and March this year.

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According to a report, private hospitals treated just eight Covid patients a day during the pandemic, despite receiving billions of pounds of taxpayer cash.

The Treasury agreed in March last year to book full capacity of 7,956 beds with about 20,000 staff at 187 private hospitals in England.

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The move is believed to have cost around £400 million a month, aimed at preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed.

But the Center for Health and Public Interest think-tank says private hospitals did not treat any Covid patients on 39 per cent of the days between March 2020 and March this year, when the contract expired. He looked after only one for the next 20 percent of the days.

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Some private hospitals were to function as ‘Covid-free centres’ to get back up and run for vulnerable people, including cancer patients.

But experts claimed that ‘very few’ of these patients were being referred to hospitals, leaving them almost completely evacuated. Critics fear thousands of cancer patients – who need immediate treatment to increase their survival rates – may have missed out on important treatments.

The government paid more than £500 million last year on seven Nightingales to be installed in convention centers and large venues if NHS wards were full of patients.

But hospitals were never overwhelmed and the Nightingales saw only mild use before being mothballed. Some reopened for vaccination in the winter. Four closed for good in the spring.

According to a report, private hospitals treated just eight Covid patients a day during the pandemic, despite receiving billions of pounds of taxpayer cash.

Private hospitals completed only two million NHS-funded planned procedures during the first year of the pandemic - 43 percent less than the previous year

Private hospitals completed only two million NHS-funded planned procedures during the first year of the pandemic – 43 percent less than the previous year

The Treasury in March last year agreed to book full capacity of 7,956 beds in 187 private hospitals in England with about 20,000 staff (file photo)

The Treasury in March last year agreed to book full capacity of 7,956 beds in 187 private hospitals in England with about 20,000 staff (file photo)

‘We didn’t have the necessary care’ at London’s Nightingale Hospital, says senior doctor in question

A senior doctor at London’s NHS Nightingale Hospital has said in the investigation into the death of a Covid patient that he had ‘no control’ over equipment or staff and that the hospital did not have ‘the care we thought we needed’ .

Kishorekumar Patel, a 58-year-old London bus driver, was one of the first patients to be shifted to the flagship Nightingale, which was opened last year by the then Health Secretary Matt Hancock on April 7 for coronavirus treatment.

The father of six, who had no underlying health conditions, died 19 days later on April 26, despite being described as ‘physically stable’ before being transferred.

He was one of three patients to die at the Excel Center in Newham, east London, after staff left his intensive care ventilator without a heat and moisture exchange (HME) filter, according to a Serious Incident Report (SIR).

HME filters are placed at the end of the patient’s respiratory tract to moisten it The machine blocks the build-up of mucus and airways in the airways, which in turn can block the patient’s airway and endotracheal (ET) tube.

But a staff error, which saw them using the wrong filter in the ventilation circuit, blocked the breathing tubes in three patients and all of them ‘suffered’ and needed re-intubation.

During interrogation earlier this week, Dr Alastair Proudfoot, the clinical chief at Nightingale in London, told coroner Nadia Persaud that the hospital “was not the care we thought was available” amid the first wave of the pandemic.

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The CHPI report showed of the 3.6 million days that Covid patients occupied hospital beds in those 13 months, only 3,000 were in private hospitals – just 0.08 of the total.

This means that there were an average of 8.1 Covid patients in private hospitals on any given day, compared to 9,977 in NHS beds.

Meanwhile, private hospitals completed only two million NHS-funded planned procedures during the first year of the pandemic – 43 percent less than the previous year.

Sid Ryan, a CHPI researcher who wrote the report, told Guardian: ‘Despite the fact that taxpayers paid undisclosed billions to the private hospital sector, which prevented some companies from ruining, official data shows they treated barely any COVID patients and were the first for the NHS given less alternative work than Epidemic.’

He said the NHS’s ‘under-utilisation of the private hospital sector’ is not surprising.

Mr Ryan said: ‘Private hospitals may have beds and operating theatres, but they rely on NHS staff to perform operations, and these NHS staff were busy working in NHS hospitals.

‘Which begs the question: why then did the government agree to this generous deal?’

About 8,000 private beds bought by ministers in England in March cost an estimated £2.4 million a day.

Senior doctors at private hospitals claimed that hundreds of the country’s best doctors were left ‘twisting their thumbs’ during the outbreak – putting people’s health at risk from other diseases and postponing operations.

In one case, a 78-year-old woman with breast cancer was denied surgery at a private clinic by the local NHS manager, although the hospital was empty. many times.

Instead the patient was referred back to the NHS.

Cancer Research says about 2.5 million patients have missed important cancer tests and treatments because of a staggering backlog during the crisis.

After revelations about private hospitals, the government closed three of the seven mostly unused Nightingale hospitals it opened to help combat the pandemic.

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