• 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

ProviderRegionCost (£m)ProjectServices
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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