South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne, a former Health Minister, expressed his delight as the government green lights over £300m investment in the NHS in Shropshire.
The government has backed NHS plans, and approved the funding case which would see patients in Shrewsbury and Telford benefit from a new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit which will be 50% larger than the current A&Es with 32 more hospital beds and a new Cancer Centre in Telford.
Mr Dunne outlined his support for local NHS Shropshire plans and publicly called upon the Chancellor and Secretary of State to back these proposals earlier this month, ahead of the Chancellor’s Spring Statement.
Mr Dunne said: “This is great news for Shropshire. I am delighted the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Health & Social Care have recognised Shropshire’s case, which I articulated ahead of the Spring Statement, that the case for improving services in Shropshire should be a top priority for NHS England.
We have secured the commitment to back the NHS in Shropshire to build state of the art acute care, and improve care in the community, fit for the future. The £312m funding represents the largest investment in healthcare in the UK by the NHS so far this year, and is the biggest public sector investment in healthcare in Shropshire ever.
It will help transform the way healthcare is provided in the county, to resolve some of the previously intractable problems which held back service improvement and risked more services leaving the county. This investment will now allow the NHS in Shropshire to move forward with its plans with confidence, knowing that the funding will be there. I urge local residents to get involved in the public consultation, which I hope will be launched in coming weeks after Easter.”
Funding announced today by the Department of Health and Social Care is part of a £760 million boost for transformational capital projects across the country to modernise and transform buildings and services in the year of the NHS’s 70th birthday.