Last year, the Department for Health commissioned Sir Robert Naylor to produce an independent report into NHS property – including how to make best use of its land. The resulting report flew under the radar of all but the most diligent, but it contained some incredibly interesting insights into what could happen to NHS land.
On 30 January, the government accepted the majority of Naylor’s recommendations. This includes utilising surplus NHS land to make a financial contribution to estate improvement. Now this sounds a bit technical, but it’s really important (we’ll explain why later on in this blog).
The government’s response also reiterated Jeremy Hunt’s commitment to giving NHS workers first refusal on any affordable housing built on former NHS land.