The NHS is one of the largest owners of land and buildings in London. Our hospitals occupy around 1000 acres of land, that’s three times the size of Hyde Park. But many of our buildings are in need of repair and so can’t be used to provide care for patients.
These unused sites still drain much-needed NHS money in maintenance costs. Through devolution, NHS trusts will be encouraged to sell unused land and buildings and reinvest the money back into London’s health and care system to build better GP surgeries, community services and hospitals. By releasing land, Londoners will be able to build the homes and schools that Londoners need.
The London Estates Board (LEB) aims to provide a single place for London-level discussions about NHS estate. Our goal is to overcome the challenges currently faced and to ensure that there is greater clarity on individual business cases.
Our ambition is that the LEB will eventually be the forum where new London level powers, such as business case approvals, can be carried out.