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Hospitals (Building And Maintenance Costs)

Volume 126: debated on Monday 1 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services which hospitals built in the last 10 years have needed more than £1 million of remedial or maintenance expenditure in any one year; and how much has been spent on them.

Information held centrally on hospital building schemes in England shows only one instance of expenditure in one year of over £1 million on the remedy of defects: building and engineering costs of reinstatement of the cardiac wing of Great Ormond street hospital are currently estimated at £17 million. Litigation continues in respect of claims for the recovery of these costs.Annual maintenance expenditure of over £1 million is incurred on most hospitals over about 500 beds but the inquiries necessary for a breakdown between remedial and routine work could not be made without disproportionate cost. If my hon. Friend has any particular hospital in mind I would be glad to inquire for him.