Tory raid leaves hospitals choosing between ‘fixing the roof or paying the nurses’

The Tory cuts in capital spending amount to a whopping £4.29 million, meaning hospitals are in huge deficit. In total, 76 hospital trusts have reported building failures within the last year – this even includes sewage and water leaking onto hospital wards. A particularly bad incident mean that when staff tried to clear a blocked drain, dirt, faeces and slime came up through the sink and onto a patient’s bed. The funds that have been cut are there to improve such issues around hospital building and facilities repairs, as well as buying new equipment and invest IT systems. The cost of ‘high risk’ maintenance in the NHS is likely to cost at last £1 million to repair.

Full story in the Mirror, 2 August 2019