PM’s funding announcement only a fraction of what is needed to really upgrade 20 hospitals

Chief Executive Nigel Edwards responds to the announcement of a £1.8 billion cash boost for the NHS.

Press release

Published: 04/08/2019

Responding to reports of a £1.8 billion cash boost for the NHS, Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust, said:

“This is a welcome down payment on the staggering £6 billion needed to clear the backlog of NHS maintainence but it will only be a fraction of what it would cost to really upgrade 20 hospitals. Nobody should expect shiny new hospitals in their towns any time soon.

“It’s encouraging to see money assigned to capital funding, which will help stop hospitals deteriorating even further, but without comprehensively tackling the current workforce crisis, any new beds will be languishing on ghost wards.”

Notes to editors

This statement was originally sent under embargo to 2200 Saturday 3 August. 

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