Only FOUR hospitals in the whole of England are busier now than last winter: As top medics blast No10 for 'brainwashing PR campaign' to scare people into lockdown, use our interactive tool to find out how busy YOUR local trust is | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Only FOUR hospitals in the whole of England are busier now than last winter: As top medics blast No10 for 'brainwashing PR campaign' to scare people into lockdown, use our interactive tool to find out how busy YOUR local trust is

Michael Gove sparked fury over the weekend when he claimed that every hospital in England would be 'physically overwhelmed' by Covid-19 without the Government's new restrictions, as he tried to persuade MPs and the public to support the brutal curbs.

But NHS England figures paint an entirely different picture, with thousands more hospital beds spare this year than last winter. On average, 77,942 out of 88,903 (87.7 per cent) available beds were occupied across the country in the week ending November 22, which is the most recent snapshot. This figure does not take into account make-shift capacity at mothballed Nightingales, or the thousands of beds commandeered from the private sector.

For comparison, occupancy stood at 94.9 per cent, on average, during the seven-day spell that ended December 8 in 2019 — which is the most comparable data available for last winter — when around 91,733 out of all 96,675 available beds were full.

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