Luton and Dunstable Hospital Image: Andy Parrett Wikicommons

Funding part of £1.8 billion announced for the NHS

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a new £1.8 billion cash injection for the NHS later today (5 August 2019). He claims that this will mean more beds, new cutting-edge equipment and additional wards will be delivered at hospitals across the country.

Ahead of his visit to a Lincolnshire hospital, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“The NHS is always there for us – free at the point of use for everyone in the country. With our doctors and nurses working tirelessly day in day out, this treasured institution truly showcases the very best of Britain.

“That’s why I made it my immediate task to make sure frontline services have the funding they need, to make a real difference to the lives of NHS staff, and above all, of patients.

“Today I’m delivering on this promise with a £1.8 billion cash injection – meaning more beds, new wards, and extra life-saving equipment to ensure patients continue to receive world-class care.”

Twenty hospitals across England are set to be upgraded, at a cost of £850 million. This includes £99.5 million for Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS FT.

This will provide a new block to provide critical and intensive care, as well as a delivery suite and operating theatres.

Cathy Jones, deputy chief executive at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital, said:

“This means we can proceed at pace with the delivery of a new 5 storey acute services block at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) to enable urgent replacement of some of the site’s most out-dated estate.

“This will make a real difference to patient and staff experience by delivering new facilities for critical care, maternity services, the level 3 neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) and operating theatres.”

The Trusts say that they now have the funding in place to realise the planned merger between Bedford Hospital and the L&D.

Stephen Conroy, chief executive at Bedford Hospital, said:

“This is wonderful news for patients and staff in Bedfordshire and Luton and allows for planning for the merger of the two hospitals to progress including the implementation of Bedford Hospital’s Three Year Plan.”

The Trusts will update all stakeholders with news as its plans develop over the coming months.