To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the current occupancy levels for properties owned by NHS property services.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average occupancy levels for properties owned by NHS property services were in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17, (c) 2017-18 and (d) 2018-19.
NHS Property Services has responsibility for a large mixed estate of approximately 3000 properties, across approximately 3 million square metres, and with approximately 7000 individual tenancies. Occupiers range from general practitioners, providers, arm’s length bodies and many other organisations supporting health and social care services. With such a large and diverse portfolio that is subject to constant change both as business as usual and in support of transformational change, parts of the estate do become under-utilised or vacant. In terms of recorded vacant space this varies as space is re-occupied/disposed, new space becomes vacant or new buildings come into the portfolio.
The overall average figures for occupancy levels for the years where data is available is shown in the following table:
In terms of the ‘average occupancy levels’, NHS Property Services does not hold the data for 2015/16 and 2016/17 as property information was captured on numerous different platforms many of which were not able to report on occupancy levels.