05.08.2019

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals to receive £41.7 million for Children's Heart Services

Children's Heart services in the North East have been boosted today by an announcement that the Government will invest £41.7 million in the service at Newcastle Hospitals.

The trust has already announced plans to ‘future proof’ the services including recruiting additional staff  to meet the surgical standards set by NHS England.  Today’s announcement will support the capital developments needed to support this development.

Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive of Newcastle Hospitals said,

"Today we can confirm that we have been awarded £41.7 million to secure the future of children’s heart services in the North East.

"This is great news for families from across the region and means that we can continue providing the highest quality care here in Newcastle."

PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES EXTRA £1.8 BILLION FOR NHS FRONTLINE SERVICES

More beds, new cutting-edge equipment and additional wards will be delivered at hospitals across the country, as the Prime Minister confirms a new £1.8 billion NHS cash injection. 

The Prime Minister will also confirm a £1 billion boost to NHS capital spending, allowing existing upgrade programmes to proceed and tackling the most urgent infrastructure projects.

Later this week, the Health Secretary will also set out further changes to the NHS pension scheme to support senior doctors and GPs taking on extra shifts. 

Today’s announcement delivers on the Prime Minister’s pledge when entering Downing Street to urgently upgrade 20 hospitals, and ensure money invested in the NHS is reaching the frontline as soon as possible.

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 devolved administrations will receive additional Barnett funding worth £350 million a year, including £122 million for Wales, £176 million for Scotland and £52 million for Northern Ireland.

 The Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said:

“Thanks to the hard work of the British people, and the fundamental strength of our economy, we’re in a position to further increase funding for our NHS, ensuring quick access to quality healthcare for those who need it.

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

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: 

"I love the NHS - and so do the millions of taxpayers and their families cared for by our NHS every month. We owe it to them to make sure they can get the best treatment in the best hospitals.

"On top of the extra £33.9bn a year we are giving the NHS, today we are making a downpayment for the future of NHS buildings and facilities, with a £1.8bn 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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