via Building Better Healthcare–
As part of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review the Government announced a 17% reduction in the NHS capital budget, effectively meaning no new building schemes being approved for at least three years. Along with the NHS re-organisation being proposed in the NHS Bill, the disruption to new NHS estate projects is likely to be felt for some time.
This makes grim reading for product manufacturers, designers and contractors who frequently supply for, or work on, healthcare projects.
However, it is important to remember that the NHS is still open for business. Although new builds will no longer be a priority for the NHS, improvements and renovation, to help meet patient expectations, will be. In the coming years, estate projects will be smaller, with a notable shift to primary care as GP consortia take over the reins of commissioning. Keeping up with these developments could mean the difference between success and failure.
What are the budgets for ‘refurbishments and improvements’? Will these be enough for suppliers, design professionals and contractors? Will these companies and professionals be able to look to other sectors to make up the shortfall they will lose from the lack of new build projects in healthcare?
These issues will be explored at Healthcare Infrastructure 2011 on the 2nd March at Austin Court in Birmingham. The conference is run by Building Better Healthcare in association with IHEEM (Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management).