Government cash injection for Stoke hospital

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The Royal Stoke University Hospital is set to receive £17.6 million of new Government funding.

The new funding will be used to create three new wards at the North Staffordshire hospital, providing 84 new beds this winter.

The University Hospitals of North Midlands is one of 20 NHS trusts receiving money, which is part of a planned £1.8 billion injection in to the NHS to improve infrastructure and equipment in the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Our fantastic NHS staff in Staffordshire work tirelessly to look after their patients and I promised on my very first day as Prime Minister to ensure money for the NHS gets to the front line.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

“We’re now putting our money where our mouth is, and the Royal Stoke Hospital will get £17.6m to create three new wards and deliver more beds by the end of the year.”

University Hospitals of North Midlands have responded to the new cash injection.

Chief Executive Tracey Bullock said: “This investment will provide us with the flexibility to bridge the expected winter bed gap while helping us and our system partners to develop alternative models of care to ensure patients who are fit to leave hospital have the care they require in the community.”

The new capital funding plan has come under criticism, with some saying that it doesn’t go far enough.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “When our health services continue to be cut and the NHS struggles with a shortage of 100,000 staff, this announcement falls significantly short of what’s needed to provide patients with the quality, safe care they deserve.

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