Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has welcomed the announcement that hospital staff, patients, and visitors in hospitals that are part of the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) will benefit from refurbished wards, brand new electrics, and upgraded ventilation systems.
The Government has announced allocations of £600 million to tackle critical maintenance work in hospitals across England, including nine projects overseen by ESNEFT. The Trust, which runs services at Clacton Hospital, will receive £2.9m to carry out the work, which could include building new or refurbishing buildings to deliver key services, upgrades to electrical infrastructure, improvements to ventilation systems, works to improve fire safety, and the replacement of hospital lifts. All work is scheduled to be completed by March 2021.
This money is part of a £1.5 billion fund recently announced by the Prime Minister to help level up hospital infrastructure across the NHS. While £600 million will be spent on these critical maintenance upgrades, the remainder will be spent on modernising mental health facilities, expanding A&E capacity, and improving infection control ahead of winter.
Since August last year, the Government has confirmed £850 million to upgrade 20 hospitals and £3.7 billion to help deliver 40 new hospitals by 2030. Good progress has also been made on the pledge of 50,000 more nurses by 2025, with the latest statistics showing there are already 14,800 more nurses in the NHS than a year ago.
Commenting, Giles said:
“I am delighted that ESNEFT will benefit from Government funding to carry out vital maintenance work over the coming months.
“They deliver a number of services at Clacton Hospital, and these crucial projects will deliver immediate benefits and provide NHS staff with the facilities they need to provide world-class care to patients, helping our NHS to build back better after the pandemic. As always, I will ensure that the fair share of this new funding makes its way to our local area.”
Also commenting, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“Alongside delivering on our manifesto commitment to build 40 new hospitals and 20 major hospital upgrades across the country, this investment will help our NHS build back better.
“These crucial maintenance projects will deliver immediate benefits and provide NHS staff with the facilities they need to provide world-class care to their patients this winter, helping ensure the NHS is always there for you when you need it.”