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Under plans drawn up by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the 13 billion pounds would be spent on creating "new" hospitals - either with entirely new buildings or revamping existing structures to improve facilities. Pixabay

The UK government has pledged 13 billion pounds ($15 billion) for 40 new hospital projects across England in the next decade.

Under plans drawn up by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the 13 billion pounds would be spent on creating “new” hospitals – either with entirely new buildings or revamping existing structures to improve facilities, the BBC reported on Sunday.


Hancock said on Saturday that it was “the largest sum that has ever been invested in the NHS (National Health Services)” after the extra 33.9 billion pounds the government has committed to spend on the health service up to 2023.

The plans include a 2.7 billion pounds investment for six hospitals over five years and a further 34 new hospitals will receive 100 million pounds in initial funding to start improvement projects, including Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and the North Manchester General Hospital.


The UK government has pledged 13 billion pounds ($15 billion) for 40 new hospital projects across England in the next decade. Pixabay

Under plans drawn up by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the 13 billion pounds would be spent on creating “new” hospitals – either with entirely new buildings or revamping existing structures to improve facilities

The remaining projects, including up to a dozen smaller rural hospitals, would be completed over the second half of the next decade.

The plans also include 200 million pounds for replacing MRI, CT scanners and breast cancer screening equipment.

The government further said that there would be an extra 2.3 billion pounds a year by 2023-4 to improve mental health care and 975 million pounds of funding was earmarked to provide community mental health provision, the BBC reported.

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The 2.3 billion pounds figure was announced when the government outlined its future priorities for the NHS in January under the NHS Long Term Plan.

The 12 pilot areas will be funded from this pot.

Mental health minister Nadine Dorries said the plans for a new approach to mental health treatment and 70 million pounds of investment in pilot areas would begin a “step-change” in provision. (IANS)


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Rihanna was then summoned from her seat to accept the honor, with the Prime Minister managing to rouse a laugh from the singer when she referenced her 2012 hit 'Diamonds', reports femalefirst.co.uk. She added: "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados." "And to accept on behalf of a grateful nation - you can come my dear - ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation." Rihanna, who was born in the St Michael parish of Barbados, found fame in 2005 after being spotted by a record producer and has since gone on to become one of the most successful female artists of all time with sales of over 250 million and recently reached billionaire status through her Fenty beauty brand.

The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)


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