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News - September 2019
New Prime Minister announces NHS capital funding boost
A new critical and intensive care block at Luton and Dunstable Hospital; four new hospital wards in Norwich; a purpose-built hospital in Birmingham; and an adult mental health inpatient unit are among 20 upgrade projects announced by new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
In one of his first speeches as the new Premier, Johnson revealed the 20 hospitals set to share £850m of new funding to upgrade outdated facilities and equipment.
And he confirmed a £1billion boost to NHS capital spending, enabling existing upgrade programmes to proceed and tackling the most-urgent infrastructure projects.
He said: “I have made it my immediate task to make sure frontline services have the funding they need to make a real difference to the lives of NHS staff, and above all, of patients.
“Today I’m delivering on this promise with a £1.8billion cash injection – meaning more beds, new wards, and extra life-saving equipment to ensure patients continue to receive world-class care.”
The £1.8billion is in addition to the extra £33.9billion, in cash terms, the NHS is set to receive every year by 2023/24 as laid out in the NHS Long Term Plan, which was agreed last year.
Over £1billion of this will be spent this year, meaning an annual increase in the NHS’s capital budget of 30%.
And the devolved administrations will also receive additional Barnett funding, with indicative allocations of around £110m for Wales, £180m for Scotland and £60m for Northern Ireland.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, said: “We owe it to patients to make sure they can get the best treatment in the best hospitals.
“Today we are making a down payment for the future of NHS buildings and facilities, with a £1.8billion fund to revitalise our hospitals and immediate funding for bigger wards, better mental health units, and state of the art children’s hospitals in areas that need them the most.”
The 20 hospitals set to be upgraded are:
East of England:
- Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will receive £99.5m for a new block to provide critical and intensive care, as well as a delivery suite and operating theatres
- Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will get £69.7m to provide diagnostic and assessment centres in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, and Kings Lynn to aid rapid diagnosis and assessment of cancer and non-cancerous disease
- Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will receive £40m to build four new hospital wards in Norwich, providing 80 beds.
- NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group will get £25.2m to develop and improve primary care services in South Norfolk
- University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust will receive £97.1m for a new purpose-built hospital facility, replacing outdated outpatient, treatment and diagnostic accommodation
- United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust NHS Trust will get £21.3m to improve patient flow in Boston by developing urgent and emergency care zones in A&E
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is earmarked to get £23.6m for new hospital wards in Hereford, providing 72 beds.
- University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust gets £17.6m to create three new modern wards to improve capacity and patient flow in Stoke, delivering approximately 84 beds for this winter.
- Barking, Havering and Redbridge clinical commissioning groups and North East London NHS Foundation Trust will get £17m to develop a new health and wellbeing hub in North East London
- Croydon Health Services NHS Trust gets £12.7m to extend and refurbish critical care units at the Croydon University Hospital
North East and Yorkshire:
- South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System gets £57.5m for primary care investment across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw
- The Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust gets £41.7m to improve paediatric cardiac services in the North East
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust gets £12m to provide a single Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, covering all pathology disciplines
- Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will get £72.3m to build a new adult mental health inpatient unit in Manchester
- Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust gets £33m for a new 40-bed low-secure unit for people with learning disabilities
- Stockport NHS Foundation Trust will get £30.6m for a new emergency care campus at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, incorporating an Urgent Treatment Centre, GP assessment unit, and planned investigation unit
- NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group gets £18m to improve patient flow in Wirral by improving access via the urgent treatment centre
- Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust gets £16.3m to provide emergency and urgent care facilities at Tameside General Hospital in Ashton-under-Lyne
- Isle of Wight NHS Trust gets £48m to redesign acute services for Isle of Wight residents
- Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust gets £99.9m to build a new women’s and children’s hospital in the centre of the Royal Cornwall Hospital site in Truro
Matthew Kershaw, chief executive at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust said its funding would provide 24 intensive care and high-dependency beds – almost doubling the current space – including more en-suite facilities, quiet rooms and waiting areas to support families at some of the most-difficult times in their lives.
“Every day our staff work incredibly hard, providing the best care possible to seriously-ill patients. But, with a limited number of beds, and a unit that hasn’t been refurbished since the mid-80s, many Croydon residents needing critical care have ended up in a hospital too far away from home.
“By redeveloping our intensive treatment and high dependency units, we can ensure that our patients can receive the life-dependent care they need in their local hospital and in an environment that provides the highest levels of care and dignity.”
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