The new Prime Minster, Boris Johnson, has announced additional funding for the NHS.

A £1.8 billion package is intended to pay for a backlog of existing hospital upgrades and infrastructure projects, with £850 million targeted at providing new upgrades to twenty additional hospitals.

This is in addition to Teresa May’s announcement of an extra £20 billion for the NHS per year by 2023.

According to the BBC, the new projects to be funded by the £850 million package include improvements to Accident and Emergency services, intensive care, children’s services, maternity services and the building of new wards to reduce waiting times and increase the bed capacity.

Hospitals which should benefit from the £850 million package range right across the country from Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, Norfolk, and Manchester to Merseyside, Newcastle and the Wirral.

However, the Health Foundation, a charity committed to bringing about better health care has commented that the new funding ‘risks being little more than a drop in the ocean’ and the Nuffield Trust, an independent health think tank, observed that, in fact, it is estimated that around £6 billion is needed in additional funding to sort out the backlog of upgrades necessary within the NHS.

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