Re­port re­veals poor state of health board’s build­ings

The Herald - - NEWS - KATRINE BUSSEY

ONE of Scot­land’s health boards has just a quar­ter of its build­ings in a good phys­i­cal con­di­tion, while in an­other area al­most one in 10 prop­er­ties have been ranked as “un­sat­is­fac­tory”.

A new re­port has been pub­lished look­ing at the con­di­tion of NHS as­sets – in­clud­ing build­ings, ve­hi­cles and equip­ment – across the coun­try in 2017.

Over­all it showed the num­ber of prop­er­ties classed as be­ing in a “good phys­i­cal con­di­tion” had in­creased slightly, with the pro­por­tion of cat­e­gory A and B build­ings go­ing from 70 per cent in 2016 to 72% last year.

But it also showed that in NHS Orkney only 25% of build­ings achieved this stan­dard – with 75% of prop­er­ties there classed as cat­e­gory C, mean­ing they re­quire in­vest­ment to im­prove their phys­i­cal con­di­tion.

Mean­while in NHS High­land, al­most one in 10 (9%) of build­ings were given the low­est rat­ing, cat­e­gory D, mean­ing they are un­sat­is­fac­tory and re­quire ma­jor in­vest­ment or re­place­ment.

More than half (54%) of the prop­er­ties in NHS High­land were ranked as cat­e­gory C, with only 37% of build­ings be­ing con­sid­ered to be in a good con­di­tion.

Across Scot­land, 3% of health board build­ings re­quire ei­ther ma­jor in­vest­ment or re­place­ment, with

25% need­ing some money spent on them.

The NHS in Scot­land has 202 hos­pi­tals across the coun­try, with the re­port show­ing that while 19% of build­ings were 10 years old or less, 22% of were at least 50 years old.

In the next five years, health boards plan to spend £3.34 bil­lion im­prov­ing and re­plac­ing as­sets – which also in­clude ve­hi­cles and equip­ment as well as build­ings – the re­port re­vealed. It stated: “While ma­jor parts of this pro­gramme of in­vest­ments are sub­ject to fund­ing avail­abil­ity and ap­proval, it does rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther im­prove the con­di­tion and per­for­mance of these as­sets, and en­able the dis­posal of older prop­er­ties which are ex­pected to generate re­ceipts of over £160 mil­lion over the same pe­riod.”

Health Sec­re­tary Jeane Free­man said: “This re­port finds that there is a high level of sat­is­fac­tion with the hos­pi­tal en­vi­ron­ment, with most NHS build­ings in a good con­di­tion, and that boards are mak­ing steady progress in re­duc­ing back­log main­te­nance.”

„ Health Sec­re­tary Jeane Free­man praised steady progress.

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