NHS trust has £17.5m repair work backlog

The under-fire hospital trust which runs the DGH has almost £20million of backlogged repair work.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust manages both the DGH and its sister site in Hastings as well as a catalogue of other facilities across the county – employing more than 7,500 people.

Earlier this year the Herald revealed the Trust needs to find around £100million in savings over the next few years and management have already been criticised for earmarking three services for controversial changes.

The Trust’s chief executive Darren Grayson denies plans to centralise general surgery, stroke care and orthopaedics at either of the two main sites is being considered as a cost-cutting measure.

Instead he maintains the Trust’s stance is a result of efforts to improve the standard of care.

However, the plans have been slammed by campaigners as putting finances before people.

Now it emerges that the Trust has £17.5million worth of repair work waiting to be done – a fact which is sure to raise further eyebrows.

A spokesman for the trust said, “We manage our building and maintenance backlog within the money we have available.

“Our priority is to focus first on the most urgent work which relates to patient care, safety or legal requirements which we are successfully doing.

“We continually assess and prioritise the work that is required on a risk-basis. The safety of our patients is a priority.”