NHS hospital 1.8 billion

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed the NHS is to receive £1.8 billion for frontline services, with the funds to be spent on new equipment and additional wards at hospitals across the country.

20 hospitals are set to share £850 million of new funding to upgrade outdated facilities and equipment, with an additional £1 billion to boost NHS capital spending, enabling the most urgent infrastructure upgrade projects to proceed quickly.

The funding will see the Prime Minister deliver on his pledge to upgrade 20 NHS hospitals when taking office in July 2019.

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Commenting on the substantial funding, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “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.”

According to the government, the £1.8 billion funding is in addition to the extra £33.9 billion, in cash terms, the NHS is set to receive every year by 2023/24 through the Long-Term Plan, agreed last year.

Over £1 billion of this will be spent this year, meaning an annual increase in the NHS’s capital budget of 30%.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said: “This £1.8 billion for frontline services will not just go towards better equipment and technology, but important upgrades of hospitals across the country.”

The devolved administrations will receive additional Barnett funding in the normal way; indicative allocations are around £110 million for Wales, £180 million for Scotland and £60 million for Northern Ireland.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “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.”

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