Hospi­tal build­ings need mil­lions spent on cru­cial re­pairs

Middleton Guardian - - WILDLIFE - HAR­RIET CLUGSTON

NHS build­ings across Greater Manch­ester need mil­lions of pounds of re­pairs to bring them up to scratch, shock new fig­ures have re­vealed.

Data re­leased by NHS Dig­i­tal has re­vealed the ex­tent of the main­te­nance back­log across NHS prop­erty and fa­cil­i­ties in Eng­land, with the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion warn­ing it is hav­ing an im­pact on pa­tient care.

The re­search found that The Manch­ester Univer­sity NHS Foun­da­tion and Pen­nine Acute Hos­pi­tals NHS Trusts re­quire mil­lions of pounds worth of ur­gent re­pairs in or­der to pre­vent ‘cat­a­strophic’ fail­ures and a risk to safety.

The Manch­ester Univer­sity Trust – which in­cludes Manch­ester Royal In­fir­mary and Eye Hospi­tal, Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and St Mary’s, Wythen­shawe, Withing­ton and Traf­ford Gen­eral hos­pi­tals – is cur­rently sit­ting on a back­log of £49m worth of re­pairs or re­place­ments which should have been car­ried out on its build­ings and equip­ment.

Around £4.7m worth of the out­stand­ing jobs are classed as ‘high risk’ re­pairs – which mean they could cause ‘cat­a­strophic fail­ure, ma­jor dis­rup­tion to clin­i­cal ser­vices or de­fi­cien­cies in safety li­able to cause se­ri­ous in­jury and prose­cu­tion’ if not ad­dressed im­me­di­ately.

The back­log at the Pen­nine Acute Trust – which in­cludes The Royal Old­ham, Rochdale In­fir­mary and North Manch­ester and Fair­field Gen­eral Hos­pi­tals – stands at £16.8m, with £6m worth of the re­pairs classed as ‘high risk’.

Other NHS Trusts in the re­gion which are in­cluded in the re­port are:

The Stock­port NHS Trust’s back­log fig­ure is £94.5m and the out­stand­ing jobs which are classed as ‘high risk’ to­tal £3m.

The Sal­ford Royal NHS Foun­da­tion Trust with £15.1m worth work needed – £340,000 worth of the jobs are classed as ‘high risk’.

The Greater Man- ch­ester Men­tal Health Trust has a back­log of £11.1m, in­clud­ing around £393,000 worth ‘high risk’ jobs.

Tame­side Hospi­tal Trust needs £5.9m spent on re­pairs or re­place­ments, with the ‘high risk’ fig­ure stand­ing at £800,000.

The Christie NHS Foun­da­tion Trust’s back­log is £2.6m and its ‘high risk’ re­pairs to­tal £143,000. The cost of ‘sig­nif­i­cant risk’ re­pairs – those that could pose a risk to safety or dis­rupt the de­liv­ery of care if not pri­ori­tised soon - is £1m.

Bolton NHS Foun­da­tion Trust has a back­log of £24.4m and ‘high risk’ ra­pairs are worth £4m.

Ex­am­ples of main­te­nance re­quired could in­clude up­grad­ing soft­ware on med­i­cal equip­ment, main­tain­ing gen­er­a­tors and boil­ers and en­sur­ing the struc­tural in­tegrity of build­ings.

Chaand Nag­paul, coun­cil chair at the BMA, said there was an ‘ur­gent’ need for an in­jec­tion of cap­i­tal fund­ing to ad­dress the NHS’s ‘im­pov­er­ished in­fra­struc­ture’.

Siva Anan­daciva, chief an­a­lyst at in­de­pen­dent health think tank the King’s Fund, added: “Con­tin­ued un­der­in­vest­ment has left some hos­pi­tals de­liv­er­ing health­care in build­ings that are quite lit­er­ally fall­ing apart.

“De­te­ri­o­rat­ing fa­cil­i­ties and un­re­li­able equip­ment can ex­pose staff and pa­tients to in­creas­ing safety risks and make NHS ser­vices less pro­duc­tive as op­er­a­tions and ap­point­ments may be can­celled at short no­tice.”

John Kell, head of pol­icy at the Pa­tient’s As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “It is an un­sus­tain­able sit­u­a­tion – both pa­tients and the staff who work in the health ser­vice de­serve much bet­ter.”

The NHS has a cap­i­tal fund­ing bud­get, which is the money to be spent on main­tain­ing, im­prov­ing or ac­quir­ing build­ings and other as­sets rather than on the day-to-day run­ning of ser­vices.

Over the last four years, the Depart­ment of Health and So­cial Care has trans­ferred money from the cap­i­tal bud­get into the pot for day-to-day spend­ing.

North Manch­ester Gen­eral Hospi­tal

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