New figures have discovered that as of April 2019 the NHS estimated cost to implement urgent repairs to “high risk” had increased by almost £60m in a year from £1.038bn to £1.095bn. (According to data from the Estates Returns Information Collection). Further statistics show that the price of amending the maintenance backlog has increased by 8.4% to £6.5bn. £3.4bn is required to fix issues that are currently a high significant risk to patients and staff, according to official data.
Chief analyst at the King’s Fund think-tank Siva Anandaciva has said, years of underinvestment into the NHS has left staff and patients struggling to work with faulty equipment in buildings “that are in some cases literally falling apart around them”.
“We are not talking about shabby carpets or running down a building when it is scheduled for closure, but instead about facilities and equipment that are so outdated or dilapidated they no longer comply with statutory safety standards,” Mr Anandaciva added.
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