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Many hospital buildings unsuitable

8th December 2010

Data collected by the BBC has revealed that almost one fifth of hospital buildings in England are "unsuitable".

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The research showed many patients are given treatment in buildings which are too small and poorly constructed.

Many major hospitals are the worst culprits, in addition to mental health units and community hospitals.

The research for 2009/10 given to the BBC by the Department of Health showed that 17% of the health service's estate was "not functionally suitable for use".

This statement takes into account national standards for building layout and size. Buildings which do not meet the standard are considered to require large-scale building works or a total rebuild.

Almost 20% of the health service's estate is comprised of properties which were built before the start of the NHS in 1948.

In England, 33 hospitals have half or more of their sites deemed to be sub-standard, including Alder Hey in Liverpool.

Keith Sammonds, managing director of the Healthcare Facilities Consortium said: "My concern is that the situation is only going to get worse."

"Capital budgets are being squeezed and there is a lack of private finance available. It is distressing. Facilities and estates staff work really hard to do the best they can with the restricted resources available to them."

 

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