PM Boris Johnson announces hospitals to receive £850m for new builds and upgrades

Boris Johnson has announced the 20 hospitals that will benefit from £850m to upgrade “outdated facilities and equipment,” as well as confirming the £1bn “boost” to NHS capital spending that will “allow existing upgrade programmes to proceed, and tackle the most urgent infrastructure projects.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock countered accusations that the spending did not represent ‘new money’ in an interview on Radio 4. He stated that the funding had previously been announced, but that the Treasury had now released the money, meaning the specific projects could be confirmed.

The 20 hospital projects which will receive the funding are as follows:

East of England:

  • Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS FT (Foundation Trust) – £99.5m for a new block critical and intensive care block, delivery suite and operating theatres.
  • Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS FT – £69.7m for Diagnostic and Assessment Centres in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn.
  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT – £40m for four new hospital wards.
  • NHS South Norfolk CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) – £25.2m to develop and improve primary care services in South Norfolk.


  • University Hospitals Birmingham – £97.1m for new hospital in Birmingham.
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust – £21.3m to develop urgent and emergency care zones in A&E in Boston.
  • Wye Valley NHS Trust – £23.6m to provide new hospital wards in Hereford, providing 72 beds.
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust – £17.6m to create three new wards in Stoke, delivering approximately 84 beds.


  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge CCGs and North East London NHS Foundation Trust – £17m to develop a new health and wellbeing hub.
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust – £12.7m to extend and refurbish critical care units at the Croydon University Hospital.

North East and Yorkshire

  • South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System – £57.5m for primary care investment.
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £41.7m to improve Paediatric Cardiac Services.
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – £12m to provide a single Laboratory Information Management System.

North West

  • Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – £72.3m to build a new adult mental health inpatient unit in Manchester.
  • Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – £33m to provide a new 40 bed low secure unit for people with learning disabilities.
  • Stockport NHS FT – £30.6m to provide a new Emergency Care Campus Development at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.
  • NHS Wirral CCG – £18m to improve patient flow in Wirral by improving access via the Urgent Treatment Centre.
  • Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust – £16.3m to provide emergency and urgent care facilities at Tameside General Hospital.

South East

  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust – £48m to redesign acute services for Isle of Wight residents.

South West

  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust – £99.9m to build a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Truro.

The Government explained its claim of an overall increase in NHS funding of £1.8bn as follows: “The funding is in addition to the extra £33.9bn, in cash terms, the NHS is set to receive every year by 2023/24 through the Long Term Plan agreed last year. Over £1bn of this will be spent this year, meaning an annual increase in the NHS’ capital budget of 30 per cent.”