Labour criticises government hospital asset sales

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Labour pains has accused the government of selling off valuable hospital assets to help close up a hole in NHS finances.

Figures from data body NHS Digital depict that the amount of NHS land in England earmarked for sale has more than overlapped in the past year.

Analysis commissioned by Labour found 117 locations deemed surplus were still in medical or clinical use.

Ministers ventured selling land would give vital funds for patient care and untouched by up space for much needed new housing.

The government has set itself a target of selling off ample supply public sector land to generate £5bn worth of income by 2020.

The NHS is asked to help as a major property owner.

NHS property being included for sale incorporates hospital buildings and some ambulance stations.

But Labour said medical centres were being stripped of their assets and forced into a «excite sale».

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: «This direction’s refusal to fund the health service has seen standards of care for patients eliminate and NHS building and upgrade works pushed back.

«The NHS needs an urgent injection of readying to make up for years of Tory underfunding, but the answer is not a blanket sell-off of situations which are currently being used for patient care.»

The Department for Vigorousness said disposing of surplus land and buildings reduced running set someone backs and it was right to put sites that were no longer needed to economic use.

It pronounced any income generated would be used to improve the quality of the NHS.

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