Beds reduced by 32% while population has risen 14%. NHS was in collapse long before pandemic
A summary circulating among doctors puts in the simplest terms why the Tories are entirely to blame for the collapse of the NHS under the stresses of coronavirus pandemic:
The number of hospital beds in the UK in 2000 was 240,000. By the end of 2019, that number had fallen to 164,000.
A reduction of 32% in two decades.
The UK population in 2000 was 59 million. By mid-2019, the UK population had risen to just under 67 million.
An increase of 14%.
In addition, the percentage of the population aged over 65 increases every year.
As the summary being passed around medics’ WhatsApp groups observers:
It doesn’t take a genius to see that all these trends, coupled to a large number of unfilled NHS clinical posts have led to the NHS being so under threat by virtue of a pandemic.
NHS ‘winter’ crises were already happening all year round – despite underhand rationing of NHS services – long before the pandemic arrived. The collapse of the NHS now is entirely a consequence of a decade of Conservative government and real-terms cuts.
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