Dilapidated buildings and equipment disrupt patient care

26 January 2024

Responding to new analysis from the Liberal Democrats showing the impact of the deteriorating NHS estate on patient care, Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive at NHS Providers said:

"These findings are shocking but sadly not surprising given the dilapidated, and in some cases dangerous, state of so many NHS facilities.

"Delivering safe, timely and high-quality care for patients is trust leaders' number one priority. But this is being undermined by dilapidated buildings and staff having to rely on out-of-date facilities and equipment.

"The delays to care this can cause is only one part of the picture. It's also about quality and safety. There are many patients in hospital, mental health and community settings who have received care but whose recovery is hampered by deteriorating environments that are neither safe nor therapeutic.

"This unacceptable impact on patients should be a wake-up call for the government to address the maintenance backlog, which now costs £11.6bn.

"The New Hospital Programme was meant to be a lifeline for many trusts. Trust leaders are understandably disappointed and frustrated by the lack of progress.

"The government also needs to widen access to capital investment for trusts that didn't make the cut but desperately need to transform and modernise their estate."