The disclousres come as the cost of the NHS maintenance backlog reached almost £6bn. Credit:PA NHS hospitals are falling into disrepair with collapsed ceilings, sewage leaks, and babies left to freeze amid heating failures, an investigation has found.Freedom of Information disclosures reveal that almost half of hospitals have reported incidents affecting clinical services as a result of building problems in the last year. NHS trusts said patients were moved, had operations delayed, amid a catalogue of failings, including cases where sewage leaked on to corridors, wards and even beds. A West Midlands trust reported an incident where faeces spurted through a sink, soaking a patient’s bed, and floor. Another described “ceiling leakage” and said that on one occasion, the labour ward was left so cold that they were unable to keep babies warm. In total, 170 trusts responded to the request from the Labour Party, with 76 of those citing clinical service incidents due to estates and infrastructure failures in 2018/19.In one trust in Yorkshire and the Humber, faeces were coming through the floor in the ultrasound corridor and call bells were found to be broken on a ward, meaning patients would have struggled to ask for help. One trust in the North West had a ceiling collapse on a side ward, water leaking on to a maternity landing, and a broken lift which trapped two nurses inside.Part of an Accident & Emergency department was closed at a London trust due to a “severe” sewage leak. In another London trust, water came through the ceiling on to a patient’s bed and several patients had to be moved.An East Midlands trust saw sewage coming up through the drains in bathrooms, which led to water flooding into the ward corridor. Only one shower room was then available for 19 patients.Another said operations were cancelled after a water leak. The disclousres come as the cost of the NHS maintenance backlog reached almost £6bn. Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health and social care secretary, said: “Years of Tory cuts are pushing hospitals to rack and ruin. From ceilings collapsing, sewage pipes bursting to central heating faltering patient safety and care put at risk.“The NHS now faces a staggering £6 billion repair bill, £3 billion of which is considered ‘high’ or ‘significant’ risk.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “We want patients to receive world-class care so we’re investing £3.9 billion to upgrade facilities, which is already improving A&Es, buying cutting edge technology and putting more beds on wards up and down the country.“The NHS Long Term Plan, backed by an extra £33.9 billion a year by 2023/24, sets out ambitions to further modernise the health service over the next ten years and we will consider capital funding proposals from the NHS in the Spending Review later this year.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.