- Majority of capital investment projects in the North or Midlands
- A majority of schemes deliver investment for acute services
- Health and social care secretary promises new infrastructure plan
The government has unveiled a list of 20 new capital investment projects worth a total of £853m.
More than £675m will be spent building new hospitals, wards and investing in mental health and primary care across the North, Midlands and East of England.
London, the South East and South West will receive only £177m, with almost £100m of that sum spent building a new women’s and children’s hospital at the Royal Cornwall Hospital site in Truro.
The South East England region will receive just £48m for the Isle of Wight trust as part of its plans to reconfigure acute services.
The announcement of the 20 projects is part of a series of government announcements due this week designed to show its commitment to increasing NHS funding.
Of the 20 schemes, 14 are for acute hospital services totalling more than £600m while four projects, worth £162m, are for mental health services. Two schemes for improving primary care are worth £83m.
Many of the schemes reverse previous reductions in bed numbers and aim to shore up services ahead of winter. The University Hospital of North Midlands will receive more than £17m to build three new wards with 84 beds while Wye Valley Trust will spend £23.6m creating 72 beds.
Among the biggest winners is Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust which will receive £99.5m to build a new hospital building providing intensive care, a delivery suite and operating theatres.
University Hospitals Birmingham will receive £97.1m for a purpose built building for outpatient, treatment and diagnostic services.
Greater Manchester Mental Health FT will receive £72.3m to build a new adult mental health inpatient unit in Manchester.
NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson said: “Today’s announcement is a good start but, given how much lost ground needs to be made up, it is only a start.
“Nine years of austerity and £4.3 billion of capital funding diverted to keep day to day NHS spending in balance have created a £6 billion maintenance backlog, £3 billion of it safety critical.”
He added the investment “can only be the first down payment on a consistent, longer term, approach to rebuilding the NHS and creating the 21st century infrastructure the NHS requires.”
Danny Mortimer, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, pointed to the fact NHS capital spending was only half the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development average describing it as “woefully inadequate.”
He added: “There is a huge logjam of cases for investment in the NHS and there are many old buildings that cannot be adapted to deliver modern patient care.”
Recognising the need to do more, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England would be developing a new health infrastructure plan.
He said: “In the past, decisions over health capital spending has been too piecemeal and uncoordinated. So we’re going to take a more strategic approach with a new health infrastructure plan that will set the priorities for the NHS over the long term.”
The 20 capital investment projects
|Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust||South West||99.9||New Women’s and Children’s Hospital||Acute|
|Luton & Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust||East of England||99.5||New intensive care, delivery suite and operating theatres||Acute|
|University Hospitals Birmingham FT||Midlands||97.1||New hospital units to replace outpatient, treatment and diagnostic services||Acute|
|Greater Manchester Mental Health FT||North West||72.3||A new adult mental health inpatient unit in Manchester||Mental health|
|Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals FT||East of England||69.7||New diagnostic centres in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn||Acute|
|South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System||North East and Yorkshire||57.5||Primary care investment across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw||Primary care|
|Isle of Wight Trust||South East||48||Redesign of acute services||Acute|
|The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals FT||North East and Yorkshire||41.7||Improving paediatric cardiac services in the North East||Acute|
|Norfolk and Suffolk FT||East of England||40||Four new hospital wards providing 80 beds||Mental health|
|Mersey Care FT||North West||33||A new 40 bed low secure unit for people with learning disabilities||Mental health|
|Stockport FT||North West||30.6||A new Emergency Care Campus at Stepping Hill Hospital||Acute|
|South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group||East of England||25.2||To improve primary care services in South Norfolk||Primary care|
|Wye Valley Trust||Midlands||23.6||New hospital wards in Hereford providing 72 beds||Acute|
|United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust||Midlands||21.3||New urgent and emergency care zones in Boston accident and emergency||Acute|
|Wirral CCG||North West||18||Improving flow and access to treatment centre||Acute|
|University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust||Midlands||17.6||Three new wards delivering 84 beds||Acute|
|Barking, Havering and Redbridge CCGs and North East London FT||London||17||New health and wellbeing hub in north east London||Mental health|
|Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care FT||North West||16.3||Emergency and urgent care facilities at Tameside General Hospital||Acute|
|Croydon Health Services Trust||London||12.7||To extend and refurbish critical care units||Acute|
|Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust||North East and Yorkshire||12||Laboratory information management system for West Yorkshire and Harrogate||Acute|
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- Capital schemes
- Croydon Health Services NHS TRUST
- Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
- East Midlands
- East of England
- Facilities management
- Finance and efficiency
- Government/DH policy
- GREATER MANCHESTER MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
- ISLE OF WIGHT NHS TRUST
- LEEDS TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST
- Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Barking and Dagenham CCG
- NHS Confederation
- NHS England (Commissioning Board)
- NHS Havering CCG
- NHS Redbridge CCG
- NHS South Norfolk CCG
- NHS Wirral CCG
- Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
- North East
- North East London NHS Foundation Trust
- North West
- Patient experience
- ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST
- South West
- STOCKPORT NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
- THE NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
- UNITED LINCOLNSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST
- UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BIRMINGHAM NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
- UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF NORTH MIDLANDS NHS TRUST
- West Midlands
- WYE VALLEY NHS TRUST
- Yorkshire and the Humber
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