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NHS hospitals face failure with bill for urgent repairs hitting almost £1bn

Hospitals are at growing risk of “catastrophic failure” because the bill for urgent repairs for problems that threaten staff and patient safety has soared to almost £1bn, an NHS report reveals.

The cost of undertaking urgent “high-risk” maintenance in hospitals jumped last year from £775.5m to £947.1m – a rise of 22% – according to figures published by the NHS’s statistical arm.

The crumbling state of many hospitals is putting staff and patients at such risk of serious injury that some NHS trusts could be liable to prosecution under health and safety law, the report says.

The statistics, compiled by NHS Digital, show that in England hospital buildings, operating theatres and scanners used to diagnose diseases are increasingly showing their age. The money needed to address the backlog has more than doubled from £458m in 2014-15 to last year’s £947.1m.

Read more in The Guardian.

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