The government has approved six NHS private finance initiative hospital developments worth almost £1.5bn.

The government has approved six NHS private finance initiative hospital developments worth almost£1.5bn.

The investments include£711m for a new women's hospital and children's hospital in Leicester. But much of the money for five other developments has been focused on diagnostic, community and day-case surgery facilities.

Health minister Andy Burnham said each scheme had been 'rigorously checked' to ensure it offered value for money and was locally affordable.

The six schemes are:

  • University Hospital of North Staffordshire trust:£272m scheme to build a new community hospital and cancer centre.
  • Tameside and Glossop Acute Services trust:£68m investment in three day-case operating theatres, new surgical wards and a 30 place day hospital for elderly mental health patients.
  • Salford Royal Hospitals trust:£112m new hospital with more
  • single rooms, enhanced accident and emergency and three new operating theatres.
  • Walsall Hospitals trust:£140m for the complete redevelopment of the Manor Hospital site.
  • South Devon Healthcare trust:£163m redevelopment of Torbay Hospital with diagnostic centre, more single rooms and day-case operating theatres.
  • University Hospitals of Leicester trust:£711m for new and refurbished buildings including a new women's hospital and a standalone children's hospital to be created at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.