NHS facilities management
The progress of a high profile review into NHS efficiency has slipped against the timeline set by ministers.
The government owned company that manages thousands of primary care premises has reduced its capital spending forecast by £60m compared to last year’s plans, HSJ has learned.
Every clinical commissioning group in England has been directed to evaluate estate within its area to work out how much capital funding can be released by property sales.
The NHS needs a dedicated transformation fund of at least £1.5bn a year to properly test and roll out new models of care, according to researchers.
The Treasury agreed a further £150m transfer from the Department of Health’s capital budget in the early months of 2015 to help the health service cope with ongoing revenue spending pressures, HSJ can reveal.
A cancer hospital has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of land owned by a neighbouring trust as part of an ongoing real estate dispute worth millions of pounds.
The Treasury has approved public funding for a £353m hospital rebuild in the West Midlands under the government’s successor to the private finance initiative
“Communities” must be given the chance to own and run smaller hospitals and help push forward the changes the NHS needs to succeed, a Conservative MP has said.
A Scottish health board is facing legal action due to asbestos being found at a hospital.
The Department of Health gave the NHS’s new property company a £100m working capital loan last summer amid concerns of a potential cash flow risk, it has emerged.
A Conservative MP has demanded a full audit of the organisation that runs the NHS property service after revealing it transferred funds for capital projects into day to day revenue budgets.
NHS England is drawing up plans to centralise control of spending on estates and information technology in the health service, including proposals to sign off spending by bodies over which it has no formal power.
The Department of Health’s two property companies are beginning a programme of joint working and are set to merge in two years’ time, HSJ has learned.
Clinical commissioners have raised concern about a “top slice” to their budgets to fund a shortfall in the earnings of the new national NHS property company.
The Department of Health has announced it will fund any income shortfalls of its newly created NHS property company, in a move widely interpreted as aiming to assure private sector investors about their assets.
The new NHS property company is likely to charge clinical commissioning groups for any assets it takes ownership of whose costs are not fully met by rents or service charges.
One of the biggest private sector lenders to NHS infrastructure projects is in discussions with the Department of Health over fears its investments are threatened by the abolition of primary care trusts, HSJ has learned.
The Department of Health has drafted in KPMG to assess the tax implications of setting up the government-owned company due to inherit NHS property assets with an estimated value of £5bn, amid fears it faces higher bills.
The Department of Health has recruited nine directors to the independent property company it is setting up to manage NHS estate, all of whom are currently working in the NHS.
Department of Health plans to create an independent property company to take over primary care trusts’ estate are likely to have a “considerable destabilising effect on local health economies”, social enterprises have claimed.
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