NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the funding required from the public purse to remove the backlog of maintenance work in the NHS in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18 and (d) the 2018-19 financial year.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS Improvement 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 the following link:


The estimated cost required to eliminate backlog maintenance work in the NHS in the current financial year will be published in October 2018. The estimated cost required to eliminate backlog maintenance work in the NHS in the last three years is:

Total cost to eradicate backlog

£ million









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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