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Thousands of homes for NHS staff to be built on hospital land


Plans are being drawn up to build 22,000 affordable homes on excess NHS land, according to the head of the new health service regulator.

NHS Improvement chief executive Jim Mackey said the new homes would be offered to health service staff in areas like the capital, where key workers are being priced out of the housing market.

Speaking at the NHS Confederation annual conference in Manchester on Thursday evening, Mr Mackey also said the NHS will be dealing with its financial difficulties for “years”.

Asked how hospitals could meet their workforce plans if key workers could not afford to live in cities such as London, he said: “Colleagues are working on a plan to try and utilise the NHS estate better to provide more affordable housing for NHS staff.

“So, some [Department of Health] colleagues and other specialist colleagues are working on that now,” he told delegates at the conference for health service managers.

Jim Mackey

Jim Mackey

Source: Neil O’Connor

Jim Mackey

“It’s not in the category of being fixed next week or next year but it’s absolutely on the agenda, for another 22,000 units over the next few years,” he said.

He added: “It’s one of those things that’s very regional, so it’s not an issue at all in the North East and maybe not an issue here [in Manchester], but in London and some other places it’s absolutely an issue.”

Sir Robert Naylor, chief executive of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been advising the government and NHS on its use of estates, following recent recommendations made in Lord Carter’s review of hospital productivity.

Data released this week showed trusts in England had sold land worth more than £250m in 2015-16 and had surplus land with a “declared market value” of £334m.


Readers' comments (7)

  • Not an issue for housing in Manchester!! What planet are you on. Manchester is "also" expensive. Yes, not as much so as London, but still out of a lot of employees pay scale. Affordable housing for employees would be a god send to those Band 1, 2, 3 and 4 staff who work tirelessly for the NHS.

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  • So housing is unaffordable in London, but they decide to build loads in Manchester? I think it's excellent news for those in Manchester, but it's unlikely they'll be able to do anything similar in London. I have been working in a London trust for 4 years now, but still commuting in from 35 miles away. There is no excess land in London, so there's no point in being unrealistic about making homes affordable for Londoners. What they could do is offer reduced or free train tickets as I'm pretty sure nearly 1/3 of nurses in London hospitals come from outside of London. I don't think I've said London so many times before in one statement before!

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  • As if.

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  • Oh that must be what they are doing at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, North London???
    Oh no sorry, they just sold all the land to private developers!

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  • Anthony Johnson

    It's also not going to be flipping affordable is it 😒

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  • Issue may help recruitment and retention in areas which have got a problem ie Rural areas. Many houses there are unavailable / expensive due to 2nd home factor / holiday rental which ironically has also been created indirectly by wealth of the few from cities such as London etc / property portfolios etc.

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  • There's an empty building where I work (Central London) that used to be the nurses' home and another almost empty former nurses' home only a few miles away...empty, decaying and useless but could be developed into staff accommodation with a bit of imagination and some spare cash(!!)

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