The failings of NHS Property Services (NHSPS) outlined in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) 2019 report into the organisation were “unintentional”, its chief executive has said.

The PAC report said the NHSPS was “set up to fail”. It added that the organisation lacked powers to receive rent and obtain other charges from its tenants, many of which had not signed rental agreements.

Martin Steele, chief executive of NHSPS, told Property Week in an exclusive interview: “In terms of that quote that it was ‘set up to fail’, if that was the case, it was unintentional.”

He added: “We’re working with the Department of Health, and NHS England & Improvement to help provide solutions to some of those very long-standing thorny issues.”