The number of new hospital beds is set to increase by a third by 2031, and the number of doctors in the NHS is set for a 30% increase, the government has revealed.
In a move to tackle the increasing cost of running hospitals, the Government has committed to a doubling of the number and number of hospital beds in England by 2035.
The number is set at 8,000 more than in 2026.
The Government also says it is committed to expanding the number, rather than reducing it.
The Department of Health said that while the number will increase, it is not set to double.
It will instead see a doubling in the number in 2020, and a further doubling by 2040.
It is not clear whether this will be an expansion of the current scheme, or whether the new scheme will be a “reform” of the existing scheme.
The Government also said it was committed to building a “capacity boost” to the NHS by increasing the number on staff.
This would mean the number could rise by about 10% a year over the next four years.
The government also said the number would not be reduced.
This means that by 2037, the number should have grown by more than 10%.
But the government said that this figure was “not expected to be enough to meet the needs of a rapidly ageing population and to provide an adequate return for the NHS’s investment in care and support”.
The number of hospitals in England will also rise by another 10% per year over this period.
In its response to a question from the BBC, the Health Secretary said: “The NHS will grow by a further 3,000 beds, as well as 1,200 additional GP surgeries, and 2,500 additional nursing homes in the next two years.”
In total, by 2039, the NHS will have almost tripled in size.
“However, it will continue to fall short of delivering the full range of patient and health care needs across the UK, and needs to do so even faster if we are to meet our target of having a healthy, stable and prosperous NHS.”
The Government’s plans to increase the number NHS beds by another 1,100 are due to be unveiled later this month.
NHS hospitals were already under pressure from falling population figures and increasing pressure on resources, with new cases rising by more that 70% last year.
But the Department of Healthcare and Social Care said it would also look to boost the number “as we look to support the NHS as we work to deliver the NHS Transformation programme”.
It said: “The Government’s commitment to invest in patient care, to expand capacity and to build a capacity boost is underpinned by the Government’s ambitious Transformation programme which aims to make the NHS the best place in the world to work, study and live, and is expected to save the NHS £7.4 billion a year by 2020.”
In a separate statement, the Department for Health said: “The Government will invest £2.2 billion to provide further capacity growth in 2020-21, to build on this investment, and to increase staff in key NHS hospitals.”
Meanwhile, the National Health Service (NHS) said that it would be the first to “reboot” its website, which it had been using for almost five years, with a new focus on patient and family services, as the new Health and Socialcare Secretary, Andrew Lansley, said in his first major speech on the NHS.
NHS patients would now be able to access NHS apps to find out about local and urgent care, as they do now.
Lansley has also said that NHS hospitals must be “more transparent” in order to improve the “quality of care” that they deliver.