Hospital patients’ safety is being put at risk by fires, floods and crumbling, overcrowded buildings caused by a £4 billion government squeeze on capital funding, NHS bosses are warning.
Hospitals say they do not have the funding to replace outdated scanners, fix leaking roofs and boilers, or remove ligature points that suicidal patients may attempt to use to try to end their lives.
Four out of five (82%) chief executives and chief finance officers at NHS trusts in England fear the lack of capital funding poses a medium or high risk to patient safety.
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Source: Guardian, 30 August 2019