The government is likely to miss its target to build 40 new hospitals by 2030, the spending watchdog has said.
The National Audit Office (NAO) said in a report that the project had been beset by delays. It also warned that cost-cutting and inaccurate modelling of future demand could mean new hospitals are too small.
The health department remained “firmly committed” to delivering the England building pledge, a spokesperson said.
But Labour called the report “damning”.
The hospitals plan was a Conservative manifesto commitment during the December 2019 election campaign, and it was made policy the following year.