The Government has confirmed that West Ham is to benefit from a new hospital at Whipps Cross, as part of its plans to build 40 new hospitals across England.
Welcoming the news, local London Assembly candidate Nick Vandyke said that it proved the Conservatives were delivering on their promises to deliver on the people's priorities, such as the NHS.
The Prime Minister has confirmed for the first time 40 hospitals that will be built by 2030 as part of a package worth £3.7 billion, as well as announcing a further 8 new schemes that will be invited to bid. Full details of the precise funding allocated so far to each project will be announced at the next Spending Review.
The funding allocated will be used to build a new hospital at Whipps Cross, providing a range of patient services including emergency and maternity.
The Conservative Government has made investing in the NHS a key part of its plans to build back better after coronavirus. It has already:
- Delivered the biggest cash boost in history for the NHS, totalling an additional £33.9 billion for the NHS every year by 2023-24.
- Announced £1.5 billion this year for hospital maintenance, including funding to expand A&E capacity.
- Started work to deliver 50,000 more nurses, another key election pledge, with more than 14,000 more nurses already working in the NHS compared to last year.
- Providing £850 million to upgrade facilities and equipment at 20 hospitals.
The news comes ahead of Conservative Party Conference, at which the Prime Minister will set out the Conservatives' plan to build back better and deliver lasting change in parts of the country forgotten by successive governments.
Commenting, Nick Vandyke said:
I am proud that the Conservative government is delivering on the people's priorities it was elected on last December, such as investing in the NHS.
I am thrilled that a new hospital will be built at Whipps Cross - showing that, despite a challenging year, this is a Government which won't be blown off course and will deliver on its promises to the British people.
We have a huge opportunity now to unite and level up, delivering lasting change, and build back better after coronavirus.
- Building 40 new hospitals across England – the biggest hospital building programme in a generation. We have now confirmed the 40 hospitals that will be built by 2030, backed by £3.7 billion, with eight further new schemes invited to bid. (Department of Health and Social Care, Press Release, 2 October 2020.)
- Delivering these new hospitals as quickly as possible so people can get world-class NHS care as soon as possible. New standards will be developed over the coming months to help standardise the design of new hospitals and make use of modular construction methods to speed up the build. (Department of Health and Social Care, Press Release, 2 October 2020.)
The Conservatives are investing in our NHS:
- Delivering the biggest cash boost in history for the NHS and enshrining that increase in law, to safeguard it for future generations. We are investing an additional £33.9 billion in frontline NHS services every year by 2023-24, the largest and longest funding settlement in the history of the NHS. (HM Treasury, Spending Round 2019, 4 September 2019; Hansard, 7 January 2019, Vol.652 Col.62.)
- Protecting our A&Es for the winter. This £3.7 billion comes on top of the £450 million we have announced for 142 A&E upgrades ahead of winter, to improve infection control and increase capacity. (Prime Minister's Office, News story, 30 June 2020.)
- Delivering on our promises with £5.4 billion more for the NHS and health service – writing the cheque for 50,000 more nurses and 50 million more GP surgery appointments per year. At the last Budget, we announced £5.4 billion in this Parliament to support the recruitment, retraining and retaining of 50,000 more nurses including a new nursing maintenance grant for all nursing students. There are already 13,100 more nurses working in the NHS compared to last year, as well as over 9,200 doctors. (Prime Minister's Office, News story, 30 June 2020.)
- Upgrading 20 hospitals so that patients receive the very best care from our NHS. As announced last year, 20 hospitals will receive a share of £850 million to upgrade outdates facilities and equipment, with enabling works already beginning at several sites. (Department of Health and Social Care, Press Release, 2 October 2020.)
Protecting the NHS through coronavirus:
- Ensuring the NHS has the funding it needs to tackle coronavirus and save lives. We have approved £31.9 billion of support health services, including over £15 billion for PPE to protect frontline staff, £10 billion for Test and Trace, £1 billion to procure additional ventilators for the NHS, and a further £5.5 billion on health services, including the NHS. (HM Treasury, Plan for Jobs, 8 July 2020.)
- Delivering an additional £3 billion to the NHS in England to ensure that it can continue providing world-class care throughout the winter months ahead. This will allow the NHS to continue to use the extra hospital capacity acquired from the independent sector and also to maintain the Nightingale hospitals until the end of March 2021. This funding comes on top of the £30 billion we have already announced for health and social care this year. (Prime Minister's Office, Speech, 17 July 2020.)
- Ensuring the NHS and social care sector has enough equipment and PPE, should cases begin to rise again in the winter. We have increased the number of ventilators available across the UK from 9,000 before the pandemic to 30,000 now. We have also delivered over 3.5 billion items of PPE to date, and have ordered 28 billion items to provide a continuous supply over coming months. (Department of Health and Social Care, Press Release, 25 June 2020.)