The pledge by Boris Johnson to build 40 new NHS hospitals by the end of the decade is ‘unachievable,’ according to a watchdog.
The Infrastructure and Projects Authority has assigned a’red’ rating to the flagship project, which has already received widespread criticism.
A watchdog says the Prime Minister’s pledge to build 40 new hospitals by the end of the decade is “unachievable.”
The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has given the flagship project a “red” rating, despite the fact that the majority of the schemes are refurbishments rather than new construction.
It was given an “amberred” rating in the IPA’s 2020-21 annual report, indicating that the project’s success was “in doubt,” but the forecast had now worsened.
According to the Health Service Journal, the IPA reviewed the program twice in the last six months, the most recent of which was completed this autumn and resulted in the “red” rating.
“There are major issues with project definition, schedule, budget, quality, and or benefits delivery, which do not appear to be manageable or resolvable at this stage,” the report states.
The project’s scope and/or overall viability may need to be re-evaluated.”
The Department of Health and Social Care has been notified of the “red” rating and asked to respond to concerns that the pledge is doomed.
“We learn the Government’s own Infrastructure and Projects Authority is warning the Tory promise to deliver 40 new hospitals is now ‘unachievable,'” said Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth.
The Conservatives simply cannot be trusted to keep any of their promises, from failing to fight corruption to betraying the north over rail and now more broken promises in health and care.”
Boris Johnson announced in October that 40 hospitals would be built by 2030 as part of a £3.7 billion package aimed at “delivering” on the Conservative Party’s 2019 election manifesto pledge.
Experts pointed out that the project’s overall cost could be £24 billion, and the Conservatives refused to say how much it would cost or where the money would come from.
Hospital executives said last month that without long-term funding commitments, the government has a slim chance of finishing the project and clearing the massive backlog of patients awaiting NHS treatment.
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The pledge made by Boris Johnson to build 40 new NHS hospitals by the end of the decade is ‘unachievable,’ according to the watchdog.
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Boris Johnson’s pledge to build 40 new NHS hospitals by end of decade is ‘unachievable’, watchdog warns