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NHS: Buildings

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) of 10 December 2008, Official Report, column 164W, what the (a) actual and (b) risk-adjusted backlog maintenance was for each NHS trust in 2007-08. (249845)

The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Public capital expenditure in the national health service has risen every year since 1999-2000 and will rise from £4.7 billion in 2008-09 to a record peak of £5.6 billion in 2009-10; at the same time 76 hospital schemes funded under the Private Finance Initiative have opened worth £5.3 billion. These record levels of capital investment in the national health service estate have resulted in a quarter of the estate occupied by NHS trusts being replaced since 1997, and the proportion of the estate that predates the establishment of the NHS itself has fallen from 50 per cent. in 1997-98 to less than 20 per cent. in 2007-08.

NHS organisations are responsible for the provision and maintenance of facilities to support the delivery of high quality clinical services. Therefore, the NHS will locally prioritise investment to reduce backlog maintenance based on risk assessment, reconfiguration planning and available resources. The majority of backlog maintenance relates to low priority work, which trusts will undertake through maintenance programmes. Where higher risks are present, work will be undertaken as a priority. While levels of backlog maintenance vary across the NHS, it is estimated that around 75 per cent. of the total costs to eradicate backlog maintenance is concentrated in 20 per cent. of organisations.

The Department collects data on backlog maintenance and risk adjusted backlog maintenance annually from NHS trusts through its Estates Returns Information Collection (ERIC). The data provided are not amended centrally and the responsibility for its accuracy lies with the contributing NHS organisations.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) of 10 December 2008, Official Report, column 164W, on NHS: buildings, when he plans to publish backlog data for 2008-09. (250913)

The Department collects data on backlog maintenance annually from national health service trusts through its Estates Returns Information Collection (ERIC). The data are published at the end of October each year on the Health Estates Facilities Statistics website. The 2008-09 data will be available by the end of October 2009.