BRE report finds poor housing costs the NHS £1.4bn a year

A report published by the BRE has found that poor housing is costing the NHS £1.4bn a year. The biggest expense can be attributed to defects in poor homes which expose residents to excess cold, while the second biggest cost to the NHS comes from hazards that cause people to fall and injure themselves, predominantly on staircases. Preventing falls on staircases by installing or fixing handrails or balustrades could save the NHS £219million a year in treatment costs (after the six year payback period).

With these figures in mind, it highlights the importance of surveyors noting any trip hazards in a property and the benefits of handrails and balustrades on staircases, particularly for vulnerable and elderly clients, as well as families with young children.

Read the article on the report here.

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