Our NHS is falling apart. Hospitals are crumbling, there is lots of broken equipment and repairs are not being done.
Current levels of spending on buildings and equipment are not sufficient to meet the NHS’s needs. The NHS cannot even continue to provide the same service, because equipment is not being replaced and buildings are not being fixed.
Over the past decade, as part of austerity, money that was meant to be spent on NHS equipment and buildings was diverted by the government to be used for day-to-day NHS running costs, like paying salaries.
There is a £6 billion maintenance backlog, £3 billion of which is safety critical. The risks to patients of this under investment are rising day-by-day.
Patients deserve decent hospitals and working equipment. NHS staff deserve to work in good conditions and have the equipment they need to the best job they can.
We want the government to provide the funding needed to remove the maintenance backlog and make sure that proper funding is in place for buildings and equipment. This should be new money that is not taken from reducing other current or future NHS budgets. If you support the campaign please sign our petition.