With everyone across the country, small businesses, care workers, health professionals and families making huge sacrifices, it’s disgraceful that the private health industry is planning to charge our NHS £2.4m per day for the rental of 8000 beds. The Coronavirus crisis is a public health emergency, not an opportunity for the private health industry to make money.
Stephen Kinnock: My hon. Friend the Member for Leicester East (Claudia Webbe) referred earlier to reports that the private health industry is planning to charge the NHS £2.4 million a day for the rental of 8,000 beds. Does the Secretary of State really feel that that is the right way to go, given that this is a national effort and that we are all in this together? What steps will he be taking to ensure that private health providers are doing their bit?
Matt Hancock: I do think it is the right way to go, to make sure that private sector capacity is urgently available to address this crisis. It is a matter of all working together to deliver.