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£1 billion for 75 projects to upgrade NHS services
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that £963 million of extra funding is being given to 75 health facility projects across England.
Claiming that by stopping sending money to the EU after Brexit will allow the government to invest more in domestic priorities, the Department of Health and Social Care said that 75 projects will receive funding to upgrade facilities so that more people can be treated and more can be done to prevent ill-health in the first place. This includes a new emergency department in Walsall, a multimillion-pound eye care facility in London and a major expansion of mental health services in Newcastle, Gateshead and Liverpool.
Hancock said: “We want even more patients to receive world-class care in world-class NHS facilities and this near billion-pound boost – one of the most substantial capital funding commitments ever made – means that the NHS can do just that for years to come. This will not only support dedicated staff through the redevelopment and modernisation of buildings, but it will allow additional services to launch for the first time, improving patients’ access to care in their local area as part of our long-term plan for the NHS.”