• New analysis reveals scale of future pressure on hospital beds

    Posted on 07 Oct 2014 in Staff College News

    The ageing and growing population means that the NHS will require an additional 17,000 hospital beds in seven years unless improvements can be made to community and hospital care to reduce the length of time for which patients are admitted, according to analysis by the Nuffield Trust.

    The analysis, carried out for the Financial Times newspaper, finds that hospital admissions grew by 2 million (16%) over the past seven years. If admissions continue to rise, population change alone will mean we need an additional 6.2 million ‘bed days’ (overnight stays) by 2022. This equates to 17,000 additional beds or 22 hospitals with 800 beds each.