Eight Nightingale hospital surge hubs were built by the Government this winter for an undisclosed amount of money that now stand empty in anticipation of a wave that never came. MailOnline has more.
The temporary site on the grounds of Royal Preston Hospital is one of eight commissioned across England last month, when the fourth wave looked as if it could threaten the health service.
It has been assembled in the car park at the city’s biggest hospital in less than four weeks and can house roughly 100 Covid patients – but it is currently empty.
Local NHS bosses have indicated that the new hub might never be used and medical unions have warned it could swallow up staff and pull resources away from other parts of the health service.
Other make-shift structures are being built in London, Leeds, Solihull, Leicester, Stevenage, Ashford and Bristol for an undisclosed amount of money.
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