New Hospital Scheme delays drain millions monthly from ‘scarce’ NHS funds, trust leaders warn

Trust leaders involved in the New Hospital Programme (NHP) have warned that further delays in the government scheme will lead to more patient harm,
disappointment among staff, and higher costs for taxpayers.

According to NHS Providers, delays in the government scheme that promised 40 new hospitals in England by 2030 are draining millions of pounds from scarce NHS
funds every month.

Some trusts are compelled to spend over £1 million a month from their under-pressure budgets due to spiraling cost pressures, on-hold building projects, and the
bill for having to patch up deteriorating sites.

While there has been some progress over the past year, trust leaders remain apprehensive that “uncertainty over funding and shifting timetables risks putting
their promised buildings further out of reach.”