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NHS England strikes private hospitals deal to fight Omicron surge

Nightingale hubs being created at some hospitals as part of a move to provide up to 4,000 extra beds

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Hospitals in England will be able to use private hospitals and staff under a deal with the NHS to maintain services as Omicron cases surge, avoiding delays in treatment for patients with illnesses such as cancer.

The move comes as hospitals have also been told to find extra beds in gyms and education centres owing to rising numbers of Covid patients.

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