NHS battles sewage leaks as repair backlog grows

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Sewage leaks are causing hospitals a host of problems as the backlog in repairs and maintenance grows.

Hospitals in England reported patients slipping on sewage, staff becoming ill, and leaks in A&E departments, cancer wards and maternity units.

It comes after the repairs backlog grew by 11% in the past year to a total of £10.2bn.

The reports have been released after a Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats.

A total of 55 hospital trusts provided information – nearly half the total in England.

More than half had experienced problems with sewage leaks over the past year.

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