Published: 11/07/2002, Volume II2, No.5813 Page 8

Rationalisation of under-used and unsuitable properties owned by trusts in Wales could eventually see properties with a market value of£30m being offered for sale, according to a report published this week by the auditor general for Wales.The auditor criticises trusts and health authorities for not being as fast as their English counterparts in organising property disposals.These delays have resulted in a loss of sales receipts worth£5m over the two years studied.Halving disposal time would also have reduced disposal costs by up to£1m, the report says, though it recognises that NHS Wales has introduced new organisational arrangements to encourage trusts to identify and sell surplus properties.

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