Capital investment into the NHS estate is essential if we want to improve the quality of care provided to patients and to achieve transformational changes to a health service that is currently overstretched.
The amount of capital investment into the NHS has increased in recent years but hasn’t kept pace with the rapidly increasing backlog maintenance, that is now estimated to almost equal the entire capital budget for health and social care services.
There needs to be a more sustainable plan on capital expenditure, and transferring money originally intended for capital projects to fund day-to-day operating costs is not sustainable in the long term as mentioned in the National Audit Office’s report on financial sustainability in the NHS.
There is a significant difference in spending across sectors which needs to be addressed. While the current government’s pledge to provide £850 million for 20 hospital upgrades is welcome and a step in the right direction, there also needs to be more investment in mental health, primary and social care
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