More than half of NHS trusts surveyed by HSCIC declare land surplus

More than half of NHS organisations have declared a surplus of land according to data collected by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The land is currently owned by NHS organisations and deemed no longer required or considered unlikely to be needed for health service purposes in the future.

The release of the data by HSCIC will assist in quantifying the NHS contribution to the on-going government initiative of accelerating the release of public sector land for development.

Earlier this year, the National Housing Federation said that “public land belonging to the NHS could help deliver as many as two million new homes” and that “given the increasing financial pressures on the NHS, selling land is appealing and actively encouraged by the Treasury, Monitor and the Trust Development Authority.”

The main findings of the data collection from NHS organisations are as follows: (i) a total of 398 separate parcels of land were identified by the 125 NHS trusts who declared surplus or potentially surplus land; (ii) 125 (52%) of NHS trusts declared at least one parcel of surplus or potentially surplus land; and (iii) 117 (48%) of NHS trusts gave a negative response to the possession of surplus land.

The data was collected from 242 NHS trusts in England (a 100 percent return rate) through a central data collection system between December 2014 and February 2015.

The HSCIC data does not 47 sites identified by the NHS as sensitive.

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Doctors leaders demand greater resources for GPs

Politicians and NHS managers must ensure ‘overstretched and underfunded’ GP services are properly resourced, say doctors leaders.

Referring to figures in a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report which show details of NHS payments made to general practices in 2013-14, BMA GPs committee chair Chaand Nagpaul said that they show how good value general practice is for the NHS but warns that GPs are “finding it increasingly difficult to make funding meet demands.”

The HSCIC figures show that more than £7.6bn was paid to 8,060 practices in 2013-14 and covered a range of costs, such as premises, staffing costs and services to patients.

Dr Nagpaul continued: “Politicians and NHS managers need to focus their energy on ensuring overstretched and underfunded GP services get the resources they need to deliver enough appointments and services to their patients.”

The BMA GPs committee chair said the payments funded unlimited patient access to GP appointments — on average more than six visits per year — as well as: (i) home visits; (ii) care for housebound, vulnerable patients; (iii) immunisation programmes; (iv) cervical screening; and (v) chronic disease management.

According to the figures, registered patients at practices in England cost the NHS on average £136 each per year. Dr Nagpaul said this proved GP services were delivering “comprehensive” care for patients over a whole year.

The HSCIC report is available here.

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