Labour's £4bn NHS premises shortfall

It will cost £4bn to bring NHS buildings in England to an operationally safe level, government figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

The costs have increased by 40% under Labour, according to a parliamentary question asked by shadow Liberal Democrat health secretary Paul Burstow.

Mr Burstow said: ‘These figures lift the lid on Labour’s failed stewardship of the NHS.

‘Over the last 11 years huge sums have been poured into new prestigious projects while existing NHS buildings have been allowed to fall into disrepair.

‘Hard-pressed NHS staff are working in poorly maintained hospital buildings because ministers are more interested in cutting ribbons. Small scale projects and investment in existing NHS property needs to be given a higher priority.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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