Hospitals: Concrete

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, whether the plans for any buildings that are part of New Hospitals Programme include the use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete.

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

No known National Health Service buildings built since 2010 contain reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC), and the Government is committed to eradicating RAAC from the entire NHS estate by 2035. Plans for New Hospital Programme (NHP) schemes will continue to align with recommendations by the Institution of Structural Engineers.

The NHS has been surveying sites and undertaking RAAC mitigation work since 2019 and has had an active national remediation programme since 2021 to mitigate and monitor the risks posed by RAAC across the NHS estate. The seven most affected NHS hospitals have been prioritised and are to be rebuilt by 2030 through the NHP.

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