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NHS critical infrastructure under review

The Department of Health on Thursday announced that it has initiated a review of critical infrastructure risk to support the commitments under the NHS Constitution for the healthcare service ‘to provide services from a clean and safe environment that is fit for purpose based on national best practice’.

“It may be risking regulatory requirements to ensure service users are protected against risksassociated with ‘unsafe and unsuitable premises’,” the department said.

The review will build on existing practices, such as how backlog maintenance is currently determined, and ensure a system is put in place for the future that gets to the heart of the investment required to address risks that are critical.

“NHS organisations are invited to participate in the Review of the NHS’ recurrent reporting of a need for significant investment in maintenance of its facilities. This is to eliminate ‘critical risks’ to the safety of patients, visitors and staff; and the resilience of its services,” the department said.