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New figures reveal costs of the NHS estate

14 October, 2015: Figures relating to the costs2 of providing, maintaining and servicing the NHS estate for secondary care and ambulance services3 have been published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

*Regional information is available within both reports

The Estates Return Information Collection, 2014-15,4 publishes information on a range of costs incurred in the building, maintenance and servicing of the NHS estate. This includes the costs of addressing backlog maintenance, as well as a number of non-financial aspects such as the number of single rooms and use of available space.

Information about car parking, cleaning, food and laundry is included amongst the data published at hospital/site level.

At Trust level, data are available on the following categories:

  • Organisational profile
  • Strategies and policies
  • Contracted-out services
  • Finance
  • Building and land sales
  • Fire safety

This is the first time the HSCIC has published this collection. Previous releases of data were collected by HSCIC and published by the Department of Health.

The full report is at:


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 260 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. The collection does not include costs relating to the delivery of primary medical, dental or community care, unless those services are provided by staff based in premises owned or operated by secondary care providers. In this case, an element of those costs will be included, but not separately identified.
  3. Not all properties are included in the collection in recognition of the fact that to do so would impose unreasonable burden on data providers. The costs involved in the occupancy of these sites are therefore excluded. The collection does not operate in the private/voluntary sector regardless of whether or not an organisation provides NHS-funded care. This is in recognition of the fact that the cost of maintaining and servicing their estate is not a direct cost to the NHS.
  4. The 2014-15 collection took place between 1 April and 30 June 2015. All 241 Trusts submitted data, of which 10 were Ambulance Trusts.
  5. The Estates Return Information Collection has existed in its current format since 2001. The precision of the data has changed over time. In many cases this limits and constrains the ability to undertake long-term analysis or compare trends in particular fields. This publication document is limited to a selection of data items considered to be of interest. All data items collected as part of this return are published at
  6. For media enquires or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888. Please note the change to our media line number.
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