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Hospitals: Construction

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Steven Baker Steven Baker Conservative, Wycombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) build and (b) renovate hospitals over the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Over 150 sustainability and transformation partnership schemes have been awarded around £2.4 billion of capital funding since July 2017 to modernise and transform the National Health Service’s buildings and services. On 5 August 2019, the Government announced a further £1.8 billion increase to NHS capital spending, of which £850 million is funding to allow 20 new hospital upgrades to start as soon as possible.

On 29 September the Government announced the next stage of its strategic investment in the NHS; the Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP). The plan strategy document was published on 30 September 2019 and will deliver a long-term, rolling five-year programme of investment in health infrastructure. This will ensure that health infrastructure is fit-for-purpose for decades to come. The package of funding for 40 new hospitals includes:

- £2.7 billion for six new hospital projects to be delivered in our first phase of major hospital rebuilds (HIP1); and

- £100 million to give the go-ahead to 21 major projects, covering 34 hospitals to go to the next stage of developing their plans, to be delivered in the second phase of major hospital rebuilds, subject to business case approval.

Future phases will be supported through the Chancellor’s commitment at Spending Round 2019 on 4 September to provide a multi-year capital budget for the Department at the next capital review.

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