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Why the NHS can no longer afford to ignore the cracks in the ceiling

Lack of investment in buildings and equipment has left nurses working in poor conditions
Why the NHS can no longer afford to ignore the cracks in the ceiling

Lack of investment in buildings, new equipment and maintenance has left nurses working in poor conditions and struggling to deliver care

  • Money that should be earmarked for repairs and replacing outdated equipment is being used for the day-to-day running of the NHS
  • The NHS has been forced to sell off 'surplus' land but the money made is not being used for capital investment, nor is the promise of affordable housing for staff being fulfilled
  • The continued underinvestment has had a negative effect on morale and retention of NHS staff

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors are prepared for most things – but probably not the building collapsing around them.

But in 2015, inspectors at Bootham Park Hospital in York saw cracks in the ceiling of the 250-year-old building. Part of it collapsed shortly afterwards, and the

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