The government has provided detail on how it will spend £700m of the £5.4bn funding package to the NHS announced in September
“Ahead of what is going to be a difficult winter, we’re putting everything behind our health and care services, so everyone can access the services they need, when they need them.” Sajid Javid, health and social care secretary
The NHS will receive £700m this winter to enable hospitals to expand wards, install modular operating theatres and upgrade MRI and screening technology.
The money, which is part of the £5.4bn spending package announced in September, is designed to reduce waiting times at NHS hospitals and will be split three ways: £330m for upgrading facilities at NHS hospitals, £250m for new technology and £120m for any supporting revenue costs.
The funding will cover the costs of:
In total, 785 schemes have been approved, including:
Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid said: “Ahead of what is going to be a difficult winter, we’re putting everything behind our health and care services, so everyone can access the services they need, when they need them.”
NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said:
“NHS staff have pulled out all the stops since the beginning of the pandemic treating more than half a million Covid patients, while continuing to perform millions of checks, tests and treatments for non-Covid reasons.”
He said he expected the winter was going to be ‘tough”, as staff had contended with the “highest ever number” of 999 calls in October.