Boris pays visit to Colchester Hospital and confirms 40 new hospitals will be built by 2030

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with Lewis Clarke in the Collingwood Cancer centre during a visit to Colchester Hospital. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

Boris Johnson visited Colchester Hospital yesterday (Thursday) meeting with dedicated teams leading the restart of routine NHS care.

The Prime Minister was given a tour of The Collingwood Centre and spoke to staff and patients about cancer care, before visiting an elective surgical ward.

Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust said:

“It was a privilege to welcome the Prime Minister to Colchester Hospital and to give him the opportunity to meet some of our staff who’ve all worked so hard during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in our hospitals and in the community.

“We have robust plans in place to tackle hospital waiting times, which have undoubtedly increased during the pandemic response. Today we were able to talk to the Prime Minister about what we’re doing locally, as well as the challenges we face, as we work on delivering our routine care recovery plan to treat patients as quickly and as safely as we can.”

Emma Sweeney, Associate Director of Nursing for Surgery, Gastroenterology and Anaesthetics at ESNEFT added:

“We were delighted to welcome the Prime Minister to Mersea Ward. I’m so proud of the care provided by our hard working teams and today the Prime Minister was able to hear about the new and different approaches we’re working on to help us treat more people, more quickly to improve their lives for the better.”

The Prime Minister confirmed that 40 hospitals will be built by 2030 as part of a package worth £3.7 billion, with eight further new schemes invited to bid, delivering on the government’s manifesto commitment.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

The dedication and tireless efforts of our nurses, doctors and all healthcare workers have kept the NHS open throughout this pandemic. But no matter what this virus throws at us, we are determined to build back better and deliver the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.

From Morpeth to Milton Keynes, we are building 40 new hospitals across England to level up our NHS so more people have top-class healthcare services in their local area.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with Janet Pummel in the Collingwood Cancer centre during a visit to Colchester Hospital. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street
The Prime Minister meets members of staff during a visit to Colchester Hospital. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street
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