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Hancock in furious row as he insists Nightingale hospitals 'not dismantled, on standby'

Matt Hancock insisted the Nightingale Hospitals built as emergency support to NHS hospitals at the height of the coronavirus pandemic had not been “dismantled but remain on standby.” The rebuttal came after equipment, including beds and ventilators, were removed from the London site at the ExCel Centre in East London. Sky News host Gillian Jacobs said: “Many will be asking about the Nightingale hospitals and why they aren’t being utilised.

They were built at great expense, millions of pounds spent on them, they’ve hardly been used. And now we’re being told they’re being dismantled.”

The Health Secretary immediately hit back: “They’re not being dismantled, they’re on standby. They are there in case they’re needed.

The other thing we’ve done since the summer is that we’ve built more capacity within the NHS.

“We’ve physically built on additional critical care capacity and the best place to be treated if you’re a Covid patient is a hospital.”

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