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State of NHS Buildings Is Improving

23rd July 2017

The proportion of NHS buildings classified as being in good condition has improved from 58% in 2014 to 70% in 2016.

The annual State of NHS Scotland Assets and Facilities report, published today, also found that satisfaction with the hospital environment has risen since 2011 and now stands at 92%.

There has been a further reduction in backlog maintenance.‎ Backlog maintenance per square metre has fallen by around 21% since 2011.

NHS boards have £3.3 billion of improvements to buildings and facilities planned over the next five years and beyond.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

"This report finds that most NHS buildings are in good condition, and that boards are making steady progress in reducing the level of backlog maintenance across their estates.

"However, there needs to be sustained investment in facilities, equipment and vehicles to ensure that Scotland's health service can continue to provide a high standard of care.

"The Scottish Government has invested £1.8 billion in new assets and facilities over the last four years. This includes the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, due to open later this year, and the new Edinburgh Sick Children's Hospital. Additonally, over the next three years the NHS is planning to invest over £1.2 billion maintaining and improving the NHS estate."

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