Providers warn of ‘mutiny’ over capital spending curbs

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  • NHS Providers warns of potential “mutiny” over efforts from national bodies to cut their planned spending on building and maintenance projects
  • Years of constrained capital budgets means there is significant “pent up” need for investment
  • Issue creates “considerable reputational risk” for NHS

Trust and foundation trust bosses have warned of potential “mutiny” over efforts from national bodies to cut their planned spending on building and maintenance projects.

A letter seen by HSJ suggested that, in some cases, providers have cash available to spend on capital schemes to address “significant” patient safety risks, but are prevented from doing so by Treasury accounting rules and the government’s national spending limit.

Following years of constrained budgets and projects being delayed, there is said to be significant “pent up” need for capital investment.

But, earlier this month, NHS England and NHS Improvement told providers to scale back their spending plans for 2019-20 to fit within the national limit. It is unclear exactly what the limit is, but it is thought to have increased slightly from £3.33bn in 2017-18 and £3.46bn in 2018-19.

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Source: https://www.hsj.co.uk

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Date: 3 June 2019