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NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the repair backlog was of the NHS estate, broken down by (a) high risk, (b) significant risk, (c) moderate risk and (d) low risk in each of the last three financial years; and what the overall risk adjusted backlog was. (147061)

Information on the levels of backlog maintenance categorised by risk for the national health service estate in England was first collected for 2004-05. The data for financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06 are in table 1. Figures for the overall risk adjusted backlog are in table 2.

Table 1

£ million

2004-05

2005-06

Risk level/definition

Backlog maintenance

Backlog maintenance

High risk—urgent priority work needed to prevent catastrophic failure, major disruption to clinical services or deficiencies resulting in serious injury or prosecution.

358.2

329.9

Significant risk—requires short-term expenditure but can be effectively managed to avoid risk to healthcare services or concern to enforcement bodies.

778.2

982.2

Moderate risk—requires close control and monitoring but can be managed in the medium term.

902.1

1,219.4

Low risk—can be addressed through agreed maintenance programmes or through strategic plans.

1,103.2

1,152.1

Table 2

2004-05

2005-06

Overall risk adjusted backlog—defined by a formula which takes into account risk over the remaining life of buildings (as assessed by the Valuation Office Agency).

1,342.4

1,703.8

Investment to reduce backlog maintenance will be prioritised locally based on risk assessment, reconfiguration planning and available resources.

The data provided have not been amended centrally and the accuracy and completeness of these data is the responsibility of the provider organisation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of building and engineering maintenance on the NHS estate in each of the last three financial years. (147062)

The information requested is provided in the following table.

Total building and engineering maintenance costs

£ million

2003-04

513.6

2004-05

556.1

2005-06

574.8

The costs relate to the amount spent by the national health service in England on the ongoing and day-to-day provision of building and engineering maintenance services.

The data provided have not been amended centrally and the accuracy and completeness of these data is the responsibility of the provider organisation.