We are seeing a growing maintenance backlog

11 June 2018

Responding to Labour’s Freedom of Information figures on old medical equipment, NHS Providers head of analyis, Phillippa Hentsch, said:

"We know that in recent years, funding to maintain and develop NHS buildings and equipment has been used to prop up day to day NHS spending.

"This approach simply stores up problems for the future.

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"Not only are we seeing a growing maintenance backlog, but the proportion deemed 'high' and 'significant' risk has also been rising year by year.

"This increases the likelihood of disruption and delays, and can pose a risk to patient safety.

"It’s not just a concern for hospitals but is also a major problem for mental health, community and ambulance services as well.

"This will be a key priority that must be addressed in establishing the long term sustainable funding for health and social care to which the government is now committed."

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