British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recently rejected claims that the country's heatlh system
is facing a humanitarian crisis. He argued that the UK's expenditure on health is above average for a developed nation, despite the fact that it trails most other European countries in hospital bed capacity.
According to Eurostat
, Germany leads Europe in hospital bed capacity
with 823 beds per 100,000 inhabitants. Eastern European nations dominate the top-half of the table with Lithuania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic all present in the top-10.
The United Kingdom and Ireland are at the opposite end of the table with 273 and 260 free hospital beds per 100,000 people respectively. Just last week in Ireland, a record 612 patients were waiting on trolleys for medical care in the country's 52 hospitals due to a lack of available beds. Health Minister Simon Harris denied that Ireland's trolley crisis is a national emergency.