Tuesday January 28, 2020

UK Government Pledges $15 Billion for 40 New Hospital Projects across England in Next Decade

Hancock said on Saturday that it was "the largest sum that has ever been invested in the NHS (National Health Services)"

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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.

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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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Spain Takes a Step Forward to Combat Climate Change

Spain Declares Climate Emergency, Gets Climate Plan Ready

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People march during a worldwide protest demanding action on climate change in Barcelona, Spain. VOA

Spain’s new government declared a national climate emergency on Tuesday, taking a formal first step toward enacting ambitious measures to fight climate change.

The declaration approved by the Cabinet says the left-of-center Socialist government will send to parliament within 100 days its proposed climate legislation. The targets coincide with those of the European Union, including a reduction of net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

Spain’s coalition government wants up to 95% of the Mediterranean country’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2040. The plan also foresees eliminating pollution by buses and trucks and making farming carbon neutral.

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Young environmentalists demonstrate to demand measures against climate change. VOA

Details of the plan are to be made public when the proposed legislation is sent to parliament for approval.

More than two dozen countries and scores of local and regional authorities have declared a climate emergency in recent years.

Scientists say the decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record.

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Also Tuesday, young climate activists including Greta Thunberg told the elites gathered at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland they are not doing enough to deal with the climate emergency and warned them that time was running out. (VOA)