Hospitals around Yorkshire are now facing a £700 million repair bill, with a big backlog to work through going back years, with over £50 million now needed for high-risk immediate issues so as to avoid major disruption and safety issues.
Doncaster Royal Infirmary faces the biggest bill for high and serious risk backlog repairs, with more than £54 million needed to address the issue of ageing buildings, the Yorkshire Post reports. The hospital’s leaders recently warned that its position is unsustainable in the long term.
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, meanwhile, has the biggest single hospital bill for all repairs to deal with at £72 million. Across Leeds and Sheffield, the overall cost of all necessary work at main hospitals in both cities will exceed £100 million.
And in Grimsby and Scunthorpe, hospitals need a combined investment of £19 million to deal with a long-term financial crisis that is expected to leave them with a deficit running into the tens of millions of pounds by 2024.
Chief executive of NHS Providers Chris Hopson observed that long-term investment is now needed, instead of a piecemeal approach to the problem.
“The NHS estate and facilities must be fixed and repaired urgently. Crumbling buildings and broken boilers impact patient safety and experience. Trusts have also been unable to access sufficient levels of capital funding to make necessary investments in their buildings, equipment and technology,” he went on to say.
This comes after a recent IPPR report suggested that private finance initiative payments that some NHS trusts make, as well as years of underinvestment, could have implications for patient safety, such as sewage leaks, falling ceilings and safety hazards.
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