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State of the health system - Beds in the NHS

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Evidence of NHS hospital bed pressures are well documented. Our members also report substantial problems and strains within the bed system.

"This is what 'no beds' looks like"

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Although not the only indicator, data on how beds are used within the NHS provide an excellent insight into the healthcare system.

This paper presents NHS bed data from across the UK in one place. The data demonstrates the increasing pressures on the system in each nation. It provides evidence of the underlying cracks within the NHS.

Explore the data and find out the facts about how beds are used in the NHS and what this means for the health system as a whole.

NHS England publishes updates to the bed data on a quarterly basis, which is analysed by the BMA. See the England data tab for the latest analysis - updated in November 2017.

More information: NHS bed facts and figures