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NHS must “get its act together” to secure cash for new buildings

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 26 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2072
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

NHS hospitals must be willing to dispose of surplus land to help convince the Treasury to invest in new premises that are fit for purpose, the head of a major government review has urged.

Robert Naylor, former chief executive of University College London Hospitals, who was asked by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to produce a review of NHS property and estates,1 said that the NHS needed to “get its act together” to free up the cash required to develop new integrated services throughout England.

Speaking at the King’s Fund on Tuesday 25 April, Naylor said that the Treasury’s 2017 budget commitment of £325m for NHS capital funding and extra …

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