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NHS facilities management

George Osborne

Government to put up £100m for first PF2 hospital rebuild

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

Houses of Parliament

MP: Let communities run hospitals

“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.

Legal move over hospital asbestos

A Scottish health board is facing legal action due to asbestos being found at a hospital.

DH gives £100m working capital loan to property company

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.

Parliament

Audit urged for NHS property body as chair resigns

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.

Construction

Exclusive: NHS England to take control of investment spending

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.

DH plans property company merger

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.

Money, cash and notes

Exclusive: CCG concern over 'top slice' to fund property company shortfall

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.

Building site roof

Government backs liabilities of national NHS property firm

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.

NHS property company to charge CCGs to bridge cost gap

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Aviva in talks with DH over LIFT fears

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.

building

KPMG investigates property company tax

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.

Nine directors appointed to NHS property company

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.

Pound coins

NHS Propco could 'destabilise' local health economies, social enterprises warn

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.

Surgeons in warning over old equipment

Financial constraints on the NHS could lead to doctors operating on patients with outdated equipment, surgeons have warned.

UCLH joint venture aims to reduce PFI costs

One of the NHS’s most prestigious foundation trusts is spearheading a joint venture to drive down PFI costs.

Exclusive: NHS property company to take on 2,500 PCT staff

The new NHS property company will have 2,500 staff and a portfolio of “several thousand” properties with a total value of around £5bn, HSJ has learned.

A construction site

Trusts eye capital gains from surplus NHS land sales

NHS organisations plan to place surplus land equivalent to 350 Trafalgar Squares on the market for housing development in the next few years, latest figures from the Department of Health reveal.

Close up of a man using a desktop computer

CCGs choose in-house commissioning support ahead of outsourced services

Clinical commissioning groups are opting to host support functions in-house rather than outsource to “unproven” commissioning support services.

£250m proton cancer therapy boost announced

£250m proton cancer therapy boost announced

Hundreds of patients currently sent abroad for a cancer treatment will soon be able to get it at home, the government has announced.

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