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NHS: Assets

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total cost of backlog maintenance in respect of (a) high, (b) significant, (c) moderate and (d) low risk in (i) England and (ii) each NHS organisation according to data from Estates Return Information Collection returns in each financial year from 1997-98 to 2008-09. (318225)

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 each national health service organisation from 2004-05 onwards has been placed in the Library.

Total cost of backlog maintenance cost for England, categorised by risk, is in the table.

£ million

Backlog maintenance

Risk level

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

High risk

358.2

329.9

307.6

309.7

267.9

Significant risk

778.2

982.2

943.4

1,119.8

1,175.7

Moderate risk

902.1

1,219.4

1,231.5

1,394.6

1,452.8

Low risk

1,103.2

1,152.1

1,257.4

1,219.5

1,188.3

Total

3,141.7

3,683.6

3,739.9

4,043.6

4,084.7

The Department collects data on backlog maintenance annually from NHS trusts through its estates return information collection. These data have not been amended centrally and 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.

The Government have introduced 100 new hospital schemes which have increased capacity and provided the opportunity to reduce backlog maintenance.