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NHS urgent facilities repairs: is your hospital on the critical list?

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 30 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5479

The NHS has built up a nearly £1bn backlog of high risk maintenance over the past three years. This poses a risk of serious harm to patients and staff, reports John Appleby

The £3.5bn windfall for NHS capital spending in last week’s budget comes at a critical time for a growing chunk of badly maintained NHS infrastructure.

As NHS funding over the past seven years has slowed to an historically low rate of around 1.2% a year on average, one tactic to make ends meet has been to switch money from capital to revenue budgets to pay for the everyday costs of keeping services going. This has meant delayed spending on maintaining the infrastructure of the NHS estate—everything from buildings …

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