Why the NHS can no longer afford to ignore the cracks in the ceiling
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Why the NHS can no longer afford to ignore the cracks in the ceiling

Alison Moore Health journalist

Lack of investment in buildings, equipment and maintenance has left nurses working in poor conditions and struggling to deliver care

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors are prepared for most things – but probably not the building collapsing around them. But in 2015, inspectors at Bootham Park Hospital in York saw cracks in the ceiling of the 250-year-old building. Part of it collapsed shortly afterwards, and the CQC decided the mental health hospital should be closed citing ‘significant risks’ to patients from the poorly maintained building. In an ideal world it would have been replaced or repaired.

Nursing Standard. 34, 8, 60-62. doi: 10.7748/ns.34.8.60.s17

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