Jeremy Hunt announces £760m moneypot to transform buildings and services as NHS celebrates its 70th year
Forty NHS hospitals and community services will get £760m to modernise and transform their buildings and services in the year of the health service’s 70th birthday.
As well as a whole new emergency care development in Shropshire, we are backing local NHS services with new buildings, beds and wards so that staff who have been working incredibly hard over winter can have confidence that we are expanding capacity for the future
The funding was announced today by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt, and marks the biggest investment of its kind in the NHS in over 10 years.
The money will be spent on programmes to meet local demand, such as new urgent care centres and the refurbishment of mental health facilities.
The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) will receive £300m to transform local hospital services.
It proposes to use the funding to develop an emergency care site and a separate planned care site, with 24-hour urgent care centres at both facilities.
The remainder of the money will be awarded to 39 smaller projects, including:
Announcing the money, Hunt said: “As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, we are backing it with one of the largest capital programmes in NHS history.
“As well as a whole new emergency care development in Shropshire, we are backing local NHS services with new buildings, beds and wards so that staff who have been working incredibly hard over winter can have confidence that we are expanding capacity for the future.
“Further major projects are also under consideration across the country and we intend to announce one large scale scheme the size of the Shrewsbury and Telford plan every year going forward based on high-quality plans coming forward from local NHS leaders.”
The government is also releasing £150m to support the NHS’s work to become more efficient. This additional money will be used to:
The full list of hospitals to receive STP funding is as follows: