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£99.9m for new hospital unit to be built in Cornwall

£99.9m for new hospital unit to be built in Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:35am 5th August 2019. (Updated at 2:06pm 5th August 2019)

The Prime Minister's £1.8 billion cash injection for the NHS includes a new hospital unit for Cornwall.

The money will go towards upgrades and repairs at 20 health trusts across the UK.

That will mean more beds, new cutting-edge equipment and extra wards.

£99.9m will be spent on a women's and children's centre at the heart of the site at Treliske in Truro.

Treliske health hospital
The Prime Minister has pledged £99.9m to build a new hospital unit for Cornwall

What has the Prime Minister promised?

Boris Johnson announced that £850m of the one-off payment would go to repairing 20 hospitals, after pledging the funding on his first day in office.

"This will include urgent funding for twenty hospital upgrades and winter-readiness and proposals drastically to reduce waiting times for GP appointments".

On Sunday he added: "Today I've announced a multi-million pound cash injection for vital upgrades to 20 hospitals across the country - delivering on my commitment to make sure funds are reaching frontline services as quickly as possible.

"As part of this, the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro will receive an extra £99.9 million for a new women's and children's Unit.

"The vital investment in this new centre will ensure more women, children and babies living in Cornwall are receiving the best possible care, and hardworking staff have access to fantastic new facilities".

Boris Johnson

hospital bed
The money will be spent on a women's and children's centre on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site in Truro

What do the critics say?

Experts say that while the money is desperately needed, it is just a fraction of what is required to fix ailing NHS buildings across the UK.

Nurses, charities and health think-tanks called for more funding after the prime minister's announcement.

Ben Gershlick, from the Health Foundation charity, said "years of under-investment in the NHS's infrastructure means the £1.8bn injection risks being little more than a drop in the ocean".

He also warned NHS facilities are "in major disrepair" in England, with a maintenance backlog of more than £6bn.

The same figure has been cited by other experts.

Nigel Edwards, chief executive at the Nuffield Trust health think tank, said the sum "will only be a fraction of what it would cost to really upgrade 20 hospitals".

He added: "Nobody should expect shiny new hospitals in their towns any time soon".

"Of course any new money for the NHS is welcome and a new hospital of women and children is good news for the area. But this is mostly aimed at marginal seats prior to a much anticipated general Election.

"These are not priorities when the 100,000 shortage of doctors and nurses across the NHS is clearly the highest priority, but announcements about recruitment of staff cannot be so easily associated with good news stories in areas the Conservatives are most concerned about losing seats.

"We'd all be fascinated to find out how he will fund these commitments, where the lending will come from and when the projects will actually be built?"

Save Our NHS - Cornwall, Andrew George

More details are expected to be announced on Monday: Read More

hospital patient
The money is part of Boris Johnson's promised £1.8 billion cash injection for the NHS, nationwide

What hospitals are in line for upgrades?

East of England:

  • Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (FT):£99.5m for a new block in Luton to provide critical and intensive care, as well as a delivery suite and operating theatres.
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS FT: £69.7m to provide diagnostic and assessment centres in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn.
  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT: £40m to build four new hospital wards in Norwich, providing 80 beds.
  • NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG): £25.2m to develop and improve primary care services.

Midlands:

  • University Hospitals Birmingham: £97.1m to provide a new purpose-built hospital facility, replacing outdated outpatient, treatment and diagnostic accommodation.
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust: £21.3m to improve patient flow in Boston by developing urgent and emergency care zones in A&E.
  • Wye Valley NHS Trust: £23.6m to provide new hospital wards in Hereford, providing 72 beds.
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust: £17.6m to create three new modern wards to improve capacity and patient flow in Stoke, delivering approximately 84 beds for this winter.

London:

  • Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs and North East London NHS Foundation Trust: £17m to develop a new health and wellbeing hub.
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust: £12.7m to extend and refurbish critical care units at the Croydon University Hospital.

North East and Yorkshire:

  • South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System: £57.5m for primary care investment.
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT: £41.7m to improve paediatric cardiac services in the North East.
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust: £12m to provide a single laboratory information management system across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, covering all pathology disciplines.

North West:

  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT: £72.3m to build a new adult mental health inpatient unit.
  • Mersey Care NHS FT: £33m to provide a new 40-bed low secure unit for people with learning disabilities.
  • Stockport NHS FT: £30.6m to provide a new emergency care campus development at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, incorporating an urgent treatment centre, GP assessment unit and planned investigation unit.
  • NHS Wirral CCG: £18m to improve patient flow by improving access via the urgent treatment centre.
  • Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT: £16.3m to provide emergency and urgent care facilities at Tameside General Hospital.

South East:

  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust: £48m to redesign acute services.

South West:

  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust: £99.9m to build a new women's and children's hospital in the centre of the Royal Cornwall Hospital site in Truro.

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