Headlines: June 8th, 2000

A comprehensive review of the NHS estates has found that today’s methods of procurement, management and disposal are unlikely to be able to meet the demands of tomorrow’s NHS. The review team made up of people from within the NHS was guided by Dame Sheila Masters of KPMG and was part of the Public Services Productivity Panel programme set up by the Treasury. The NHS estate is the largest property portfolio in Europe. Its complex range of land and buildings range from state of the art healthcare facilities to Victorian hospitals.Ever increasing patient expectations, demand for bespoke treatment centres and pressure on the public purse, demand that NHS estates professionals continually look for ways to improve efficiency and productivity. The review team believe that by driving out surplus estates from Trusts, capital savings of ?300m per annum and revenue savings of up to ?60m per annum could be achieved.

Recommendation include setting up a Performance and Innovation Team to challenge current thinking. It would include private sector support, carefully managed to avoid any conflict of interest. It also recommends that disposal of all surplus estate should be overseen corporately by NHS Estates,

The principles set out in the report ‘Sold on Health’ may have a wider application across the public sector.

Link: http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/pspp/studies.html