Hospital Beds in NHS England

The Guardian overstate the reduction in NHS England beds.

In November 2019, The Guardian published that NHS England have cut “more than 17,000 beds”, to a “record low”.

These claims makes an unfair comparisons, overstating the reduction. That statistic has been reused in two popular Facebook posts.

Beds and beyond

NHS England collects quarterly figures from all NHS organisations that operate beds. These beds can be open overnight or day-only. Bed counts…