Boris Johnson mentioned in his digital convention speech: “This government is pressing on with its plan for 48 hospitals. Count them. That’s eight already under way and then 40 more between now and 2030.”
This is an improve of the “40 new hospitals” pledge Mr Johnson made through the election marketing campaign in 2019 – a declare we examined final December.
So, how is the hospital-building plan progressing?
In a press launch saying £3.7bn funding for the 40 hospitals, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) listed the schemes.
The first 4 on the listing are described as “in build”. Some of them have been began earlier than Boris Johnson as a result of prime minister.
We contacted the hospital trusts concerned to learn how the tasks have been going.
Two of them – the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital and the Royal Liverpool – have been beset by issues and delays because the collapse of contractor Carillion.
The Midland Metropolitan University Hospital was initially resulting from be accomplished in 2018 however is now anticipated to open in 2022. Building prices are set to nearly double from the unique £350m.
A report by the National Audit Office mentioned the entire prices related to the undertaking have been more likely to attain £988m, of which £709m could be met by taxpayers.
Building work began on the Royal Liverpool Hospital in 2014 and the hospital was initially scheduled for completion in 2017.
The belief informed us that though elements of the hospital opened quickly earlier this 12 months, they have been now closed and development work was ongoing. The completion date and complete price of the scheme haven’t but been finalised, it added.
Construction of the Cumberland Cancer Hospital started in January 2020 and it’s anticipated to complete subsequent 12 months.
And work on the skin of the 3Ts Hospital in Brighton is nearly completed, however the belief informed us it did not have a agency completion date at this stage.
The subsequent 4 are mentioned to be “pending final approval”.
At the Greater Manchester Major Trauma Hospital, the belief says authorities funding has been confirmed and constructing work on the Acute Receiving Centre will begin quickly.
The rebuilding of Northgate Hospital in Northumberland is anticipating ultimate ministerial and Treasury approval of £54m funding by November. Preparatory work has began on web site and it’s hoped to have the brand new constructing absolutely operational by March 2024.
The Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust says it’s aiming to submit a planning software for its new constructing this autumn, with an estimated opening date of 2025-26.
Planning for the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre close to Loughborough is progressing – £70m of presidency funding has been earmarked for the constructing and the goal is for the rehabilitation centre to be treating sufferers in 2024.
We requested the DHSC for a press release on the standing of those eight tasks and whether or not they have been all beneath manner. It informed us that every one eight have been hospitals that have been dedicated to beneath earlier governments so have been already beneath manner when this authorities made its pledge in 2019 to construct 40 new hospitals.
So the prime minister is taking credit score for tasks begun by his predecessors.
‘Forty extra between now and 2030’
An extra six hospital trusts have been promised funding and type the primary part of the federal government’s Health Infrastructure Plan, generally known as HIP1.
The schemes concerned in HIP1 are:
- A brand new Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow
- The rebuilding of Watford General Hospital
- A brand new hospital at Whipps Cross University Hospital in north-east London
- A brand new hospital for Epsom General Hospital and St Helier Hospital
- A rebuild at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield, and new services at Leicester General
- A brand new hospital at Leeds General Infirmary.
We requested for updates on these tasks. Most of them are nonetheless within the planning phases however demolition works have began at Leeds General Infirmary. The first sufferers are anticipated to be seen within the new hospital in 2026.
Twenty-one hospital trusts got a share of £100m in seed funding in September 2019 to develop their proposals.
The authorities now says these trusts will all be absolutely funded to ship 25 new hospital buildings (some trusts are constructing multiple).
A brand new hospital at Shotley Bridge in Durham has been added to the listing, and the federal government is inviting bids for an extra eight schemes.
Taken collectively this does add as much as 40 however with eight of them but to be recognized.
How a lot will it price?
Last 12 months the federal government pledged £2.7bn funding for six hospitals in HIP1.
With the addition of recent tasks to the listing, it has now elevated the funding dedication to £3.7bn however this will likely be a fraction of the ultimate price of constructing 48 new hospitals.
The DHSC has not offered an estimate of ultimate prices, and turned down the BBC’s request for a breakdown of how a lot particular person trusts have been receiving from the £3.7bn.