NHS Providers reveals postcode lottery of capital funding shortages around the country

26 September 2019

New analysis of NHS data by NHS Providers reveals that while the whole country faces challenges from a lack of capital funding, the impact is markedly varied in different areas of England.

Despite the chancellor’s welcome acknowledgment in the recent spending round that a new multi-year capital settlement is needed for the NHS, in part, to “help eradicate current critical safety issues in the NHS estate”, our analysis highlights the scale of the challenge of NHS capital funding that exists, and the direct impact this has on everyone who relies on the NHS.

New analysis of NHS data by NHS Providers reveals that while the whole country faces challenges from a lack of capital funding, the impact is markedly varied in different areas of England.

   

The analysis reveals that in 2017/18 (the latest data available): 

The analysis is launched as part of a campaign by NHS Providers calling on the government to address the challenge of NHS capital funding. This campaign will seek to highlight that the prime minister’s  recent capital announcement can only be considered a first down payment on the NHS’s needs – as a nation, we’re now spending less than half the amount on capital than comparable countries.

Specific examples of the impact of the capital shortfall include: 

Commenting, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said:

“We need to rebuild our NHS, and give hardworking NHS staff the tools to create the 21st century health service that patients expect and that we can all be proud of.”

We need to rebuild our NHS, and give hardworking NHS staff the tools to create the 21st century health service that patients expect and that we can all be proud of.

Chris Hopson    Chief Executive

NHS Providers is calling for three steps to be taken by the government: 

Commenting further, Chris Hopson said:

“We know the government shares our aim of a properly-funded and well-designed system of capital funding, but this analysis shows the urgent need for action right across the different sectors of the NHS and the country. The risk to patients is rising every day the government does not act.”

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