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.