NHS now spending at least £2.6m fixing potholes
NHS now spending at least £2.6m fixing potholes The amount of money the NHS spends fixing potholes has soared by 35 per cent in recent years.
Paul Gallagher 10 hours Tuesday July 24th 2018 The i newsletter News for open-minded people.
The number of potholes found on NHS grounds has risen threefold since 2010 leaving hospital estates in “dire” condition, according to the Labour party.
Research by the opposition revealed that £2.6m has been spent – a 35 per cent rise – repairing almost 1,500 potholes since the Conservatives came into a power. The largest pothole, found at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, was 7.5m in diameter.
The figure is likely to be far higher as just 60 of 211 NHS Trusts responded to Labour’s Freedom of Information request asking for information. ‘Crumbling’ estates Labour said their research provides further evidence of “the crumbling nature of the NHS estate”, which currently has a £5bn maintenance backlog the party says is the resuult of “years of Tory cuts”.
It called on Matt Hancock to prioritise the repairs. Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said:
“It’s all very well the new Health Secretary promising a technological revolution but the NHS has a £5bn repair backlog, uses nearly 9,000 fax machines, is reliant on thousands of outdated pieces of equipment and as our research today reveals is spending millions repairing potholes because the NHS estate is so dire.
“The Tories failed to produce a capital investment plan for the NHS in their recent announcement. Only Labour will provide the NHS with a fully funded capital investment plan.”