Independent sector hospitals put on ‘standby’ as Omicron piles pressure on the NHS

Independent sector hospitals have struck a new deal with NHS England (NHSE) to take on more NHS patients as the Omicron wave threatens to overwhelm local health services. Under the deal, which runs from 10 January until 31 March, around 150 independent hospitals on the new contracts will put staff and facilities on standby to support the…

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