Revealed: Almost £79 million needed to fix crumbling Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital 

8 Jan 2024

 

- Woking’s hospitals need £78,942,798 to clear their repair backlogs 

- It comes as the amount needed for hospital repairs across the country reached a record high of £11.6 billion - up over £1 billion on this time last year 

£78,942,798 is needed to clear Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital repair backlog, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has found. 

The national hospital repair bill reached a record high of £11.6 billion, last year, rising by over £1 billion.  It comes as the NHS budget was slashed by £5 billion in real terms following the Autumn Statement.  

At the same time, surgery and treatment waiting lists are near record highs at 7.7 million. 

The Lib Dems are calling for the Government to provide urgent investment in local hospital buildings to ensure they are safe and can function effectively.  

Lib Dem spokesperson for Woking, Will Forster, said: 

“This Conservative Government has let our community's hospitals fall apart.  The backlog of repairs is putting the patients and staff in Woking at risk.  It is completely unacceptable and utterly disgraceful that it has been allowed to come to this.” 

“People in Woking deserve to know that they can go and get the treatment they need in a safe environment.  Not having to worry that they are being treated in a place that is collapsing around them.” 

“The Conservative Party cannot be trusted with our NHS and cannot even be trusted to ensure the basic safety of staff and patients.  Their neglect of our local health services is unforgivable.”