Hospitals: Concrete

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 25 October 2023.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Solicitor General

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many hospitals outside of those included in the New Hospital Programme have been identified to have reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete; and whether his Department plans to fund emergency mitigation works to those hospitals.

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

As of 17 October 2023, there are 42 hospital sites with confirmed reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC). Of these, seven are in the New Hospital Programme and will be fully replaced by 2030. All hospital sites with confirmed RAAC are in NHS England’s ongoing national RAAC programme. This is backed by significant additional funding of £698 million from 2021 to 2025 for trusts to put in place necessary remediation and failsafe measures. National funding is allocated annually based on National Health Service trust plans and delivery progress.

The Department has published a full list of hospitals with confirmed RAAC, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reinforced-autoclaved-aerated-concrete-raac-in-hospitals-management-information

Where structural surveys identify RAAC in their estate, trusts are inducted into the national remediation programme. Each site will be different, and just because RAAC is present, it does not necessarily mean there is a high risk.

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