NHS facilities management
“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.
Financial constraints on the NHS could lead to doctors operating on patients with outdated equipment, surgeons have warned.
One of the NHS’s most prestigious foundation trusts is spearheading a joint venture to drive down PFI costs.
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.
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.
Clinical commissioning groups are opting to host support functions in-house rather than outsource to “unproven” commissioning support services.
Hundreds of patients currently sent abroad for a cancer treatment will soon be able to get it at home, the government has announced.
Virgin Care has signed a £500m community services contract with NHS Surrey under an arrangement which will see staff employed by a social enterprise.
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