The Somerset Guardian, 16th December 2020

This week, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced a £600 million fund to upgrade and refurbish NHS hospitals.

I was delighted to see that the Hospital Trusts within and around the North East Somerset constituency have received a portion of the funding, including £5.674 million for the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust and £3.558 million for the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust – but the funding does not stop at hospitals with the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust receiving £900,000.


The funding forms part of the £1.5 billion capital funding announced this summer by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to help the NHS build back better and it is specifically targeted at almost 1,800 projects across 178 NHS trusts to tackle urgent maintenance issues by March 2021. It will mean, amongst other projects, that NHS hospital staff, patients and visitors will benefit from refurbished wards, upgraded ventilation systems, improved fire safety, better electrical systems and new hospital lifts.

This is excellent news and I agree with the Health Secretary’s statement: “these crucial maintenance projects will deliver immediate benefits and provide NHS staff with the facilities they need to provide world-class care to their patients this winter, helping ensure the NHS is always there for you when you need it.”

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