NHS trusts are best placed to manage and invest in their property

26 June 2019

Responding to the National Audit Office (NAO) report following its investigation into NHS Property Services Limited, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

“While this report acknowledges that NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has made improvements, it faces a number of challenges and is not seen to run effectively.

This recognises the fact that trusts themselves are best placed to manage their property, and set out the level of investment they need to make to modernise buildings and facilities in order to support the delivery of the long term plan.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“The government has recently made moves to allow trusts to apply for the transfer of ownership on their estate. This recognises the fact that trusts themselves are best placed to manage their property, and set out the level of investment they need to make to modernise buildings and facilities in order to support the delivery of the long term plan.

“But this alone will not solve the wider problems trusts face in accessing sufficient capital funding. We agree with the NAO that it is important for the Department of Health and Social Care to complete its strategic review of NHSPS as quickly as possible to help inform the upcoming Spending Review.”

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