Health Secretary Matt Hancock today (7 December) announced £963 million of extra funding for health facilities across England.
A total of 75 projects will receive money to upgrade facilities and treat more patients, including mental health and new integrated care services in the community.
The announcement came as Hancock visits a hospital in Portsmouth today to drum up support for Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, which is being debated at the Parliament ahead of a vote on 11 December.
Around 30 ministers from government are visiting all corners of the country UK today to speak with local communities on the Brexit deal.
Almost £800 million of the funding will go to projects outside London in order to improve access to care across the country, said a statement from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
The investment comes ahead of the launch of the government’s long-term plan for the NHS which will see its budget increase by £20.5 billion every year by 2023 to 2024.
“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,” said Hancock.
“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.”
Speaking to BBC radio, Hancock said that government is working on plans to use aeroplanes and fast-track trucks to ensure the continued supply of medicines if it leaves the European Union without a deal in March.
“We are working on ensuring that we have aviation capacity,” he said, adding that a parliamentary approval is, however, the “best thing for the country.”