Hos­pi­tals are in des­per­ate need of mil­lions for re­pairs

Rochdale Observer - - NOSTALGIA -

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 worth of ur­gent re­pairs in or­der to pre­vent ‘cat­a­strophic’ fail­ures and 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’.

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.”

●●Rochdale In­fir­mary

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