Which in plain English means that if a hospital or NHS Trust doesn’t co-operate with these plans to have their assets sold on the cheap, they won’t be eligible for funds to buy new essential equipment such as beds or monitoring equipment.
In short, May admits supporting a report that recommends forcibly asset-stripping the NHS (assets which our tax money has already paid for), selling those assets at below market prices to wealthy business interests, and then spending our tax money again to cover the inevitable financial losses of this fire sale.
Which, commentators are following the rhetoric that the Tories will asset strip and privatise the NHS if elected again.
Theresa May has shown her support for the report on the Andrew Marr Show stated in this video.
The general summary from the report itself:
My review set out to develop a new NHS estate strategy, which supports the delivery of specific Department of Health (DH) targets to release £2bn of assets for reinvestment and to deliver land for 26,000 new homes. As the Spending Review period has already started, and recognising that changes to the estate can take significant time to be realised, this review has also considered the opportunities presented in the medium term. This work suggests that the NHS can release £2bn of assets and deliver 26,000 homes and with an effective programme of interventions in high value propositions in London, this could significantly increase the property receipts to a figure exceeding £5bn in the longer term.
The aims I currently see are:
- Release £2bn in assets for reinvestments (anything NHS?)
- Aim to deliver 26,000 new homes in London and the South East to make a profit of around £3bn in the longer term.
What specifically about the NHS does the Naylor Report propose to improve in regards to the everyday running of the establishment?