In the UK the NHS is the biggest employer and this is going up as more and more people join in response to the coronavirus out break across the world. So far the NHS roughly has 1.3 million staff, with around 150,000 doctors and 320,000 nurses and midwives. Lots of people have been joining up (roughly 400,000 in one day!) but do we need more beds and more space aswell as extra staff?
The number of beds that the NHS have has more than halfed in the last 30 years and while the treatment and medicine is advancing, the number of beds is decreasing. Some people believe that in the outbreak we could need 7.5x as many beds. In 2017 it was released that the NHS had 147,000 beds compared to 299,000 beds in 1987.
So the ratio between beds and staff is roughly 127,225:1.3 million. This is all the employees including people on desks. The NHS is doing an amazing job to protect us and are putting us all first in this crisis.