NHS England figures show hospitals are mothballing more wards despite beds crisis
Hospitals are mothballing scores of wards, closing them to patients despite the NHSâ€™s ongoing beds crisis, new figures reveal.
At the last count in September 82 â€œghost wardsâ€� were recorded containing 1,429 empty beds, the equivalent of two entire hospitals, according to data provided by hospital trusts across England. It represents a sharp increase on the 32 wards and 502 beds that were unused four years earlier, statistics obtained under freedom of information laws show.
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