Report reveals poor state of health board’s buildings
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.