NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

Department of Health written question – answered on 1st December 2017.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money is required to eliminate backlog maintenance work in the NHS in the current financial year; what amount were required during the previous three years; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for changes in those amounts.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department collects data on backlog maintenance annually from National Health Service trusts through its Estates Returns Information Collection. The data collected has not been amended centrally and its accuracy always remains the responsibility of the contributing NHS organisations. It can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/559126/est-ret-info-col-2015-2016-Report.pdf.

The cost required to eliminate backlog maintenance work in the NHS in the current financial year; and the previous three years is:

Total cost to eradicate backlog

£ million

2013-14

4,041.7

2014-15

4,337.9

2015-16

4,975.0

2016-17

5,545.5

Backlog maintenance amounts and risks will change over time due to a number of reasons including the prioritisation of investment to reduce it, disposal of buildings with backlog maintenance, changes to estate and clinical standards, the aging of the estate and changes in the costs of capital work.

The Autumn Budget announced £3.5 billion of new additional capital investment in the NHS in England by 2022-23, including £700 million to support turnaround plans in struggling trusts and tackle critical maintenance issues.

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