Hospitals: Construction

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19 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 likely completion date of the seven NHS hospitals most affected by reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete as part of the New Hospitals Programme.

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

In May 2023, the Government announced that five hospitals constructed mostly using reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) are to be rebuilt by 2030 as part of the New Hospital Programme (NHP), along with two already in the Programme. These RAAC hospitals have been prioritised for delivery.

The programme is committed to all schemes that have been announced as part of the NHP. All seven RAAC hospitals are to be rebuilt by 2030.

This will be achieved through the way NHP is approaching the building of new hospitals in the National Health Service estate. Hospital 2.0 is a standardised design for hospitals which will benefit patients and staff through digital solutions and optimised hospital layout.

By developing and using standardised designs to streamline approvals and speed up construction, NHP will work with trusts to deliver improvements for patients and staff across the country whilst driving cost reduction and decreasing overall development timescales.

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