LONDON: The UK government has pledged 13 billion pounds ($15 billion) for 40 new hospital projects across England in the next decade.
Under plans drawn up by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the 13 billion pounds would be spent on creating “new” hospitals – either with entirely new buildings or revamping existing structures to improve facilities, the BBC reported on Sunday.
Hancock said on Saturday that it was “the largest sum that has ever been invested in the NHS (National Health Services)” after the extra 33.9 billion pounds the government has committed to spending on the health service up to 2023.
The plans also include 200 million pounds for replacing MRI, CT scanners and breast cancer screening equipment.
The government further said that there would be an extra 2.3 billion pounds a year by 2023-4 to improve mental health care and 975 million pounds of funding was earmarked to provide community mental health provision, the BBC reported.