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New figures reveal running cost of NHS estate

11 October 2016: NHS Digital1 has today released figures detailing the costs2 of building, maintaining and servicing parts of the NHS estate - from how much is spent on feeding patients, to how many car parking spaces hospitals have.

*NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures

*Regional data are available within this report

The NHS Digital report, Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC) 2015-16, publishes information on various costs incurred in equipping the NHS estate to deliver secondary care and ambulance services.3

It also includes information on non-financial aspects, such as NHS trusts' fire safety measures, and their steps towards meeting carbon reduction targets.

The 2015-16 ERIC collection received data from 238 trusts, including 10 ambulance trusts, and provides information on estate costs for the financial year of 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

Information at trust level is available for the following categories:

  •  Organisational profile4
  •  Strategies and policies5
  •  Contracted-out services6
  •  Finance7
  •  Building and land sales8
  •  Fire safety9

Figures are also available at hospital/site level in categories that include but are not limited to: laundry costs, cleaning costs, in-patient food costs, waste disposal costs, car parking availability and charges, and costs in maintaining the quality of buildings.10

Read the full report


Notes to editors

1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2015/16 financial year, NHS Digital published 294 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. NHS Digital is the new trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). We provide 'Information and Technology for better health and care'. Find out more about our role and remit

2. The collection does not include costs relating to the delivery of primary medical, dental or community care, unless those services are provided by staff based in premises owned or operated by secondary care providers. In this case, an element of those costs will be included, but not separately identified.

3. Not all properties are included in the collection in recognition of the fact that to do so would impose unreasonable burden on data providers. The costs involved in the occupancy of these sites are therefore excluded. The collection does not operate in the private/voluntary sector regardless of whether or not an organisation provides NHS-funded care. This is in recognition of the fact that the cost of maintaining and servicing their estate is not a direct cost to the NHS.

4. The "Organisational profile" data section provides information relating to the types of buildings included in an organisation's return, as well as those not included in the collection due to their size.

5. The "Strategies and policies" data section provides a range of non-financial information on an organisation's status in relation to policy-related issues such as carbon reduction.

6. The "Contracted-out services" data section provides information on the volume and value of estates and facilities services that are contracted out by an organisation.

7. The "Finance" data section provides information about the amount of money invested by an organisation, for reasons including new buildings, and maintaining and improving existing buildings.

8. The "Building and land sales" data section provides information on the area of land sold during the reporting period and the income raised by doing so. It also provides forecasts of likely land sales and income for the next financial year.

9. The "Fire safety" data section includes information on issues relating to fire incidents and injuries.

10. The Estates Return Information Collection has existed in its current format since 2001. The precision of the data has changed over time. In many cases this limits and constrains the ability to undertake long-term analysis or compare trends in particular fields. This publication document is limited to a selection of data items considered to be of interest. 

11. For media enquiries or interview requests, please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888.




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