Last week’s Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP) seeks to provide calm in the proverbial storm of healthcare capital projects by outlining the who, what and part of the how in accessing funds for hospitals schemes.
Although seemingly great news, multiple pain points will need addressing to get all important buy-in and projects off the ground. In particular, the capacity of the property and construction industry to make this real and respond to the demand and the on-going support to those Trusts that didn’t quite “make the cut” for HIP 1 or 2.
Technical guidance for the new capital regime expected at the end of the year will provide greater clarity as to how the HIP will “solidify into bricks and mortar of new hospitals over the next decade”.
Announcing a big, bold hospital building programme is not a good thing – whatever the hue of government announcing it. It means that something has gone wrong in the intervening years.