Unison, the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members have discovered that Lincolnshire Hospitals are facing a mounting repair bill of £102M to deal with the huge backlog of repairs dating back years.
Official figures from NHS Digital show more than £6M is needed for immediate high-risk problems to prevent catastrophic failure, major disruption to hospital services, or tackle safety concerns, with an additional £35M required for serious risks across the three NHS Trusts in Lincolnshire.
Latest figures reveal the biggest bill in the county for high and significant risk backlog repairs stands at more than £20M on ageing buildings at Pilgrim Hospital which opened in 1976.
Lincoln County hospital requires an estimated £9M of work to deal with similar levels of risk, while over £7M worth of repairs are needed at Grantham Hospital.
UNISON East Midlands regional organiser Elliot Dean said: “These huge repair bills show the urgent need for the government to invest in the NHS across Lincolnshire. Some staff are being required to work in buildings that are literally falling apart around them. It’s vital that employees are able to go about their work without being compromised by poorly maintained buildings.
“As NHS trusts try to reduce spending, to meet government savings targets, the backlog of maintenance will continue to increase if not tackled urgently”.