Hospital services in Shropshire are set to benefit from a £300m cash injection to improve emergency and urgency care as part of a major investment in new buildings, wards and beds unveiled by the government.
The funding for the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) is part of a £760m capital investment in NHS hospital and community services, announced by health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt today.
“As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, we are backing it with one of the largest capital programmes in NHS history”
Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin STP plans to use the cash to develop an emergency care site and separate planned care site, with 24-hour urgent care centres at both.
The remainder of the money will go to 39 smaller projects across England including £6m to upgrade services at eight trusts in Yorkshire and £8m for a new health and wellbeing centre in Kent.
About £13m will go into creating two new urgent care centres in Newton Abbot and Torquay in Devon and the refurbishment of Torbay Hospital’s accident and emergency department.
“We intend to announce one large scale scheme the size of the Shrewsbury and Telford plan every year”
Meanwhile, up to £30m will go to NHS services in London, including one project in South West London worth up to £11m.
Mr Hunt said the government planned to announce an investment in a large scheme like the one in Shropshire every year.
“As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, we are backing it with one of the largest capital programmes in NHS history,” he said.
“As well as a whole new emergency care development in Shropshire, we are backing local NHS services with new buildings, beds and wards so that staff who have been working incredibly hard over winter can have confidence we are expanding capacity for the future.
“Further major projects are also under consideration across the country and we intend to announce one large scale scheme the size of the Shrewsbury and Telford plan every year going forward based on high-quality plans coming forward from local NHS leaders.”
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The government also announced £150m in funding to support the NHS’s work to become more efficient.
This money will go into boosting the use of digital technology designed to help the health service with workforce planning and towards improving pharmacy IT and administration systems to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety.
The government said the funding would also be used to improve energy efficiency in hospitals, which could save the NHS £12m a year.