Growing maintenance backlog across the NHS is unsustainable
04 July 2019
- Documents obtained under freedom of information requests by the Labour Party show nearly half of NHS trusts reported patient care had been delayed or disrupted last year as a result of building or equipment issues.
- 76 out of 170 trusts who responded had declared a "clinical service incident" in 2018/19 as a result of infrastructure issues.
The deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:
“There is a growing backlog of maintenance issues across NHS buildings and facilities. Funding for vital repairs and upgrades is consistently used to shore up the day to day running of the service. This is unsustainable.
Funding for vital repairs and upgrades is consistently used to shore up the day to day running of the service. This is unsustainable.Deputy Chief Executive
“Trusts need urgent access to capital funding to solve the real patient safety and quality concerns that have developed. This funding is also required for future services to meet growing demand, and new commitments set out in the NHS long term plan.
“The forthcoming review of NHS capital spending and government spending review must start to reverse this trend. It must provide adequate and long-term investment to ensure trusts can meet growing demand and the future needs of patients.”