NHS: Buildings

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29 September 2023.

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Photo of Wes Streeting Wes Streeting 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 number of people at NHS trusts who have been affected by hazards caused by reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in each of the last five years.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There have been no injuries caused by reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) incidents in the National Health Service acute estate.

The NHS has a comprehensive mitigation plan in place for hospital buildings with RAAC, including significant additional funding worth £698 million from 2021 to 2025 for trusts to put in place necessary remediation and failsafe measures, such as propping, as well as to eradicate RAAC in non-whole hospital sites.

NHS England has issued guidance for trusts nationally on how to establish the presence of RAAC in their estate. There is ongoing engagement with trusts on a national and regional level to ensure RAAC is identified across the NHS estate.

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