A new £1.8 billion cash injection has been confirmed for the NHS by Prime Minister Borris Johnson to improve patient care.
Boris Johnson visited a Lincolnshire hospital on 5 August where he announced that 20 hospitals will share funding of £850 million to upgrade outdated equipment and facilities. Additional wards, cutting-edge equipment and more beds will be delivered to hospitals nation-wide. This will improve patient care and save more lives.
£1 billion will be used to help NHS capital spending, which will help fund the most urgent infrastructure projects and also upgrade existing programmes.
Ahead of his visit today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“The NHS is always there for us – free at the point of use for everyone in the country.
With our doctors and nurses working tirelessly day in day out, this treasured institution truly showcases the very best of Britain.
That’s why 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.
Today 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 Prime minister delivered on the pledge he made when he entered Downing street to upgrade 20 hospitals and make sure money is invested in the NHS’s frontline as soon as possible.
Later that day, Boris Johnson also spoke to nurses, doctors and other staff to hear first-hand what their ideas and thoughts are on where the NHS can receive better support.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said:
“Thanks to the hard work of the British people, and the fundamental strength of our economy, we’re in a position to further increase funding for our NHS, ensuring quick access to quality healthcare for those who need it.
This £1.8 billion for frontline services will not just go towards better equipment and technology, but important upgrades of hospitals across the country”.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“I love the NHS – and so do the millions of taxpayers and their families cared for by our NHS every month. We owe it to them to make sure they can get the best treatment in the best hospitals.
On top of the extra £33.9 billion a year we are giving the NHS, today we are making a downpayment for the future of NHS buildings and facilities, with a £1.8 billion 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.
This is just the start of our Health Infrastructure Plan, with patients set to see and feel the benefits for years to come”.
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.
The concrete steps being set out this week will mean investment flows directly to frontline services, providing new clinics and wards. As they come on line, as part of our NHS Long Term Plan, patients will benefit from reduced waits for treatment and wider upgrades to the quality of care the health service is able to offer”.