One of Boris Johnson’s first moves as Prime Minister has been to announce a massive ‘cash bomb’ for the NHS, which promises to deliver new equipment and beds at hospitals across the country.
A total of £1.8bn of funding has been penned for the NHS, with £850m being spent on 20 hospitals to buy new beds and upgrade outdated equipment and a further £1 billion boost for urgent infrastructure projects.
Mr Johnson said: “I 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.
“I’m delivering on this promise with a £1.8 billion cash injection – meaning more beds, new wards, and extra life-saving equipment to ensure patients continue to receive world-class care.
“It’s time to face up to this challenge and make sure the NHS receives the funds it needs, to continue being the best healthcare service in the world.”
The £1.8 billion funding is in addition to the extra £34 billion, in cash terms, the NHS is set to receive every year by 2023/24 through the Long Term Plan agreed last year.
Some of the hospitals set to be upgraded are Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust, which will receive £40 million to build four new hospital wards in Norwich, providing 80 beds.
Wye Valley NHS Trust will get £23 million for new hospital wards in Hereford, providing 72 beds.
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust will get £17 million to create three new wards in Stoke, delivering around 84 beds for this winter.
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust will get £33 million to provide a new 40 bed low secure unit for people with learning disabilities.
Chancellor Sajid Javid said: “This £1.8 billion for frontline services will not just go towards better equipment and technology, but important upgrades of hospitals across the country.”
Chief executive of NHS England Simon Stevens said: “This is a significant start to the much needed capital investment so that our nurses, doctors and other NHS staff will be able to care for their patients in modern facilities with state of the art equipment.”