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NHS: Buildings

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his estimate is of the risk-adjusted backlog maintenance cost for the NHS in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997; (241050)

(2) what the maintenance backlog to reach estate code condition B was in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.

The information is shown in the following tables.

NHS Estates collects data on backlog maintenance annually from national health service trusts through its Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC). It has not been amended centrally and responsibility for its accuracy lies with the contributing NHS organisations. Risk adjusted backlog maintenance was introduced in 2004-05 and therefore not collected prior to that year.

The 28 strategic health authorities were created in 2002-03 and re-organised in 2006-07 into 10. For backlog maintenance data relating to before 2002-03, the national totals have been provided.

National total

Total backlog maintenance (£ million)

1997-98

2,836

1998-99

3,027

1999-2000

3,108

2000-01

3,242

2001-02

3,378

2002-03

3,518

2003-04

3,198

2004-05

3,142

2005-06

3,684

2006-07

3,740

2007-08

4,044

National total

Risk adjusted backlog maintenance (£ million)

2004-05

1,342

2005-06

1,744

2006-07

1,542

2007-08

1,854

£ million

Total backlog maintenance by the 28 strategic health authorities

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

177

91

128

130

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

94

82

136

138

Birmingham and the Black Country

244

262

286

360

Cheshire and Merseyside

153

75

53

69

County Durham and Tees Valley

62

29

57

63

Cumbria and Lancashire

97

64

58

58

Dorset and Somerset

47

10

18

15

Essex

82

76

93

77

Greater Manchester

205

172

117

122

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

89

80

102

131

Kent and Medway

106

114

109

151

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

109

118

100

95

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

99

87

63

78

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

72

79

85

93

North Central London

172

189

135

241

North East London

147

174

168

121

North West London

221

344

266

456

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

81

70

76

74

Shropshire and Staffordshire

98

100

94

90

South East London

164

145

119

154

South West London

161

154

176

204

South West Peninsula

41

18

31

70

South Yorkshire

69

46

49

67

Surrey and Sussex

108

85

75

94

Thames Valley

151

106

124

149

Trent

148

151

146

106

West Midlands South SHA

94

90

84

92

West Yorkshire

224

188

193

185

National total

3,518

3,198

3,142

3,684

£ million

Total backlog maintenance by the 10 strategic health authorities

2006-07

2007-08

East Midlands

297

285

East of England

290

363

London

1,110

1,106

North East

132

148

North West

309

309

South Central

276

307

South East Coast

249

306

South West

173

249

West Midlands

519

553

Yorkshire and the Humber

383

418

National total

3,740

4,044

£ million

Risk adjusted backlog maintenance by strategic health authority

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

East Midlands

92

118

65

154

East of England

115

116

107

152

London

346

535

451

489

North East

60

73

58

69

North West

86

108

111

96

South Central

80

115

103

136

South East Coast

121

139

140

159

South West

88

116

76

129

West Midlands

253

296

265

259

Yorkshire and the Humber

101

128

164

211

National total

1,342

1,744

1,542

1,854

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work his Department is undertaking to enable NHS trusts to develop premises and sites which facilitate the provision of modern and accessible healthcare. (241099)

The Department recognises the important role, which facilities play in the delivery of modern high quality, accessible care, as envisioned by High Quality Care for All. To facilitate a streamlined and timely approach to facilities development, decision-making about the planning and development of all facilities is vested in local health organisations, who can consult and engage with their local communities on key issues to ensure that those facilities meet their specific needs.

At a national level, the Department develops and publishes a suite of best practice guidance on health care facilities, which are made available free of charge to the national health service. It has also developed a range of products and initiatives to support the NHS in the planning and construction of facilities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data are collected in the Estates Returns Information Collection on the NHS estate. (241101)

The data items collected by the Estates Returns Information Collection system for the latest period 2007-08 have been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 120 of the 2008 Pre-Budget Report, Cm 7484, what improvements in NHS estate utilisation are taking place; and what contribution he estimates each will make to efficiency savings in the next 12 months. (241110)

National health service organisations have devolved responsibility for the efficient utilisation of their assets including the estate. The Department has supported the efficient utilisation of assets by ensuring that NHS organisations disposing of surplus property retain the proceeds for reinvestment. The Department continues to work with the NHS to improve efficiency in all areas.