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NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the size of the (a) high risk, (b) significant risk, (c) moderate risk and (d) low risk maintenance backlog was in each NHS trust in England in each year since 1997-98; (243834)

(2) what (a) plans and (b) targets his Department has on reducing the maintenance backlog in the NHS; and how much is planned to be spent on reducing the backlog in the next three years.

The information is not available in the format requested.

Levels of backlog maintenance categorised by risk were not collected prior to 2004-05. The information relating to 2004-05 onwards has been placed in the Library.

The Department collects data on backlog maintenance annually from national health service trusts through its estates return information collection (ERIC). These data have not been amended centrally and therefore their accuracy is the responsibility of the contributing NHS organisations.

NHS organisations are locally responsible for the provision and maintenance of their facilities. This includes planning and investment to reduce backlog maintenance.