England: trusts to sell off hundreds of NHS properties

07 November 2018

More than 700 plots of land or buildings have been earmarked for sale across England by NHS trusts, prompting fears that the funding crisis is forcing a mass sell-off.

A total of 718 sites, totalling 1749.4 hectares, have been put forward as surplus to requirement – a 72% rise on the number two years ago. Almost one in five surplus sites is currently being used for clinical or medical purposes.

Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary (pictured above), accused the government of ‘selling off the family silver’.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul of the British Medical Association said: ‘It is vital to safeguard the sale of NHS land and estate from perverse short-term financial incentives.’

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said the money saved would be ‘spent instead on improving patient care’.