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High level of satisfaction with hospital environment.
Satisfaction with the hospital environment has risen since 2011 and now stands at 92%, according to the latest annual appraisal of NHS assets and facilities.
The proportion of NHS buildings classified as being in a good condition has improved from 58% in 2014 to 72% in 2017. There has also been a further reduction in backlog maintenance, which per square metre, has fallen by around 25% since 2011.
NHS boards have £3.34 billion of improvements to buildings and facilities planned over the next five years and beyond.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
"This report finds that there is a high level of satisfaction with the hospital environment, with most NHS buildings are in a good condition, and that boards are making steady progress in reducing the level of backlog maintenance across their estates.
"Sustained investment in facilities, equipment and vehicles is vital to ensure that Scotland's health service can continue to provide a high standard of care. In our forthcoming Capital Investment Strategy, which will be brought to Parliament before the end of the financial year, we'll set out the further steps that we will take.
"As I recently set out in the medium term financial framework, NHS territorial boards will now be required to set out finance and improvement plans that break even over a three-year period, instead of one, providing more flexibility. The Scottish Government is also not seeking to recover NHS territorial boards outstanding spend over the last five years which has been above their budget.
"This clean slate will support all boards to be able to focus their attention on delivering the best patient care possible."