Urgent repairs at two major south west London hospitals which could cause “catastrophic failure” would cost the NHS more than £65m to fix, according to the latest figures.

Surrey Comet:

Special measures: St George's Hospital has the third largest 'high risk' backlog in the UK

The Labour Party has revealed how much it estimates repairs would cost at NHS hospitals across the country, with Kingston Hospital’s total bill reaching £15,851,193 and St George’s Hospital in Tooting costing an eye-watering £100,000,000.

Repairs classed as ‘high risk’ and therefore viewed as an ‘urgent priority’ by the NHS total £2.2m at Kingston Hospital and £65m at St George’s.

The figure for St George’s is the third largest backlog in the UK.

Tuesday, November 1: St George's University Hospitals NHS Trust condemned as 'inadequate' in new Care Quality Commission report

Tuesday, November 8: Kingston Hospital insists no plans are in place to reduce emergency care as NHS bosses weigh up cuts across south London

Christian Wolmar, former Labour candidate in the Richmond Park and north Kingston by-election, said: “These figures will be deeply worrying for everyone who uses Kingston Hospital.

“It’s symptomatic of the financial crisis facing our NHS that even the most high risk repairs, which could cause ‘catastrophic failure’ and ‘serious injury’ are being left undone.

“Jeremy Hunt promised to make patient safety his top concern as Secretary of State, but these figures show that promise lies in tatters.”

The trust in charge of St George’s Hospital was placed under special measures by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year after finding the service’s safety measures inadequate.

Among its criticisms was that several of the buildings, including operating theatres, were so poorly maintained and managed they were no longer fit for purpose and in a “state of disrepair”.

A spokeswoman said that bosses had already undertaken measures to “stabilise the situation”.

She said: “We have a new leadership team at St George’s, which is getting to grips with the problems we face.

“The problems with our hospital estate – particularly at St George’s in Tooting – are very real, and we have been clear that investment is needed if we are to deliver the required improvements.

“Resolving the problems posed by parts of our Tooting estate will remain a priority focus for us going forward.”

A spokeswoman for Kingston Hospital said: “It is not uncommon for NHS premises to have a degree of backlog maintenance in both the high risk and other risk categories.

Kingston Hospital currently has relatively low levels of backlog maintenance compared with other trusts both locally and nationally and all associated risks are being managed appropriately.”

Surrey Comet:

Labour Party candidate Christian Wolmar

According to the Labour Party, the total backlog across the country has risen from risen from £4.3bn to almost £5 billion in one year.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has come under criticism by the party from shadow secretary Jon Ashworth in the Commons.

A spokesperson for NHS Improvement’s London regional office said: “We recognise that parts of NHS estates in London date back to the 19th century and are in need of modernisation.

“We continue to support trusts to deliver services in local communities whilst addressing building and maintenance issues.  

Patients should continue to have confidence that the care and treatment they will get in London hospitals is safe and of good quality.”