Patients' lives are endangered because NHS hospitals have fallen into disrepair, health leaders warned.
A lack of capital investment means that hospitals rely on outdated equipment – in some cases they force patients to travel 75 miles away for urgent CT scans.
A new survey from NHS Providers, representing all hospitals, discovered that eight out of ten directors say that maintenance problems and a lack of investment are a major risk to patient safety.
The report said health care needs £ 6 billion to perform urgent maintenance repairs on outdated hospital buildings that are falling apart – with pipes bursting, boilers breaking and ceilings falling.
Hospitals in Kettering, Lancashire, Leicester and Surrey are among the hospitals that need hundreds of millions of pounds to build and upgrade equipment.
Kettering General Hospital needs at least £ 50 million in extra money to create a new & # 39; urgent care hub & # 39; NHS Providers – the emergency department is now in charge of three times as many patients as the buildings are designed to treat
Morecambe Bay University Hospitals, the NHS trust, have recently experienced malfunctions in the CT scanner, which meant that patients had to be transferred to another hospital for 75 minutes
The NHS also needs millions of pounds to invest in modern equipment, and warns that Britain currently has fewer CT scanners per capita than countries such as Slovenia, Russia and Turkey.
At Morecambe Bay University Hospitals NHS Trust Foundation recent disruptions in CT scanners meant that patients with potentially life-threatening injuries had to be transferred to another hospital after a 75-minute drive, and more than 400 outpatient scans were canceled.
Meanwhile, several hospitals are not equipped to cope with the increasing number of patients caused by a growing and aging population.
About 43 percent of the NHS buildings are more than 30 years old and 18 percent predate the establishment of the NHS in 1948.
The emergency department of Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust now sees three times as many patients per day as it was built to treat.
NHS providers say that the care for children, adults and the elderly is currently being compromised by the tight and busy facilities. The trust needs up to £ 50 million to build an up-to-date urgent care hub.
Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers, said: & # 39; The budget for NHS buildings and equipment has been ruthlessly depressed year after year.
Leicester university hospitals need £ 456 million, NHS providers warned, so that it can consolidate its services into two hospitals instead of three and free the third for community care
Abraham Cowley's mental health unit in Chertsey, Surrey, needs £ 50 million to redevelop its buildings because its departments are not suitable for modern mental health care, inspectors and patient safety warned danger due to & # 39; blind spots caused by the physical layout of the building & # 39;
HEALTH CARE IN THE UK IS THE SECOND LOWEST OF THE G7 NATIONS
The UK is spending the second lowest amount of healthcare from all G7 countries – £ 2989 per person in 2017.
Figures released by the British Office for National Statistics (ONS) have ranked 36 countries based on their annual healthcare costs.
Healthcare spending in the UK – almost 80 percent of which is government money given to the NHS – is £ 700 less per year than the largest members of the EU.
And among the G7 countries – the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – it only spends more than Italy.
This is the amount that the G7 countries spend:
- United States – £ 7,736 per person per year
- Germany – £ 4,432
- France – £ 3,737
- Canada – £ 3,647
- Japan – £ 3,509
- United Kingdom – £ 2,989
- Italy – £ 2,559
& # 39; In the past five years, we have had to transfer nearly £ 5 billion of that money to support daily spending.
& # 39; As a result, the NHS now has a maintenance backlog of £ 6 billion, £ 3 billion safety critical.
& # 39; The NHS estate is crumbling and the new NHS long-term plan cannot be delivered because we do not have the modern equipment that the NHS needs.
& # 39; It is outrageous that as a country we now spend less than half the amount on these items than comparable countries.
& # 39; The impact on patients is tangible and real. & # 39;
A hospital trust in Leicester is said to require £ 456 million so that it can consolidate its services in two hospitals and use the third to run community care.
And the Abraham Cowley mental health unit in Chertsey, Surrey, is becoming unsuitable for modern mental health care by state inspectors & # 39; and needs £ 50 million in upgrades.
Hopson added: & # 39; We must rebuild our NHS and provide our doctors and nurses with the tools to create the 21st-century healthcare that patients expect and that we can all be proud of. & # 39;
NHS leaders called for funding to be aligned with other comparable countries and said that capital expenditures should be doubled in the upcoming spending review.
Figures released yesterday by the Office of National Statistics show that the UK spends the second lowest amount on health care from all G7 countries.
In 2017, the UK spent £ 2,989 per person on healthcare compared to £ 3,737 in France, £ 4,432 in Germany and £ 7,736 in the US.
Figures show that health care spending in the UK as a percentage of GDP has fallen from 9.8 percent in 2013 to 9.6 percent in 2017.
WHAT HOSPITALS NEED AN ADDITIONAL FINANCING?
NHS Providers gave examples of hospitals that require more than £ 500 million between just four of them for urgent equipment upgrades or construction work.
Recent malfunctions of the CT scanner at the University hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust meant that patients with potentially life-threatening injuries had to be transferred to another hospital after a 75-minute drive and more than 400 outpatient scans were canceled.
General hospital Kettering requires a minimum of £ 50 million in additional funding to create a new & # 39; urgent care hub & # 39; to build, says NHS Providers. The emergency department is now in charge of three times as many patients as the buildings were designed for processing.
The University hospitals of Leicester trust needs £ 456 million so that it can consolidate its services in two hospitals instead of three and free the third for community care.
And the Abraham Cowley mental health unit in Chertsey, Surrey, government inspectors & # 39; are unsuitable for modern mental health care & # 39; and needs £ 50 million in upgrades. The Care Quality Commission warned that patient safety is at risk due to & # 39; blind spots caused by the physical layout of the building & # 39 ;.
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