Hundreds of thousands of people in England will benefit from new NHS facilities and services as ministers open the selection process for eight new hospitals today (Thursday 15 July), as part of the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.
The government say it is committed to helping the NHS build back better from COVID-19 and one of the centrepieces of that ambition will be delivering on the manifesto commitment of 40 new hospitals across England by 2030, backed by an initial £3.7 billion of investment. These will provide better care for patients, an improved working environment for staff and help the NHS reach its net zero carbon ambition.
Currently, the national programme comprises eight pre-existing schemes and 40 new hospitals, totalling 48 hospitals. In October 2020, the government named 32 hospitals which will form part of the 40 new hospitals and is now calling for NHS trusts to submit their expressions of interest to be one of the final eight hospitals.
Today a new ‘Our NHS Buildings’ website has also launched. It will be the official home of the government’s major NHS infrastructure projects across the country, including new hospital builds and upgrades.
The website will provide regular updates for patients and staff on the progress of local schemes, showcasing developments and milestones at each hospital build or upgrade location, with an interactive map.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:
Expressions of interest are invited by September from all mental health, community and acute NHS trusts who wish their plans to be considered. Later this year there will be a more detailed second stage process for long-listed schemes, with a final decision expected in spring 2022.
The selection process will prioritise plans for:
- services which transform joined up care for people and provide an effective working environment for NHS staff, in line with the ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan
- fair allocations of investment to level up across regions and provide value for money, with an emphasis on mental health trusts
- stronger and greener NHS buildings that make the most of modern methods of construction to support sustainable, greener and efficient design
Health Minister Edward Argar said:
All the new hospitals will benefit from being part of the government’s nationally led programme under the health infrastructure plan, ensuring the programme delivers value for money for use of the limited national public funding envelope available.
Experience will be shared across the schemes which will be built over the next decade, so they can be built as quickly as possible while prioritising standardisation, digital technology, sustainability and modern methods of construction.
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