Hunt gives the go-ahead on the £325m investment for strongest STPs
Plans to support the most advanced STPs were initially revealed by Philip Hammond in March
[London, UK] The strongest Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) will receive £325m in capital investment to modernise the NHS, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens announced today.
Speaking at the King’s Fund, the two NHS chiefs said local projects across 15 areas in the UK will receive financial backing, accelerating access to mental health care and expanding A&E departments, among others.
One of the largest sums will go to Greater Manchester, where up to £50m will be used to support hospitals in improving urgent and emergency care, focusing on four hubs.
Plans to support the most advanced STPs were initially revealed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, in March this year:
“We recognise the progress the NHS is making in developing STPs. And we recognise, too, that in addition to the funding already committed, some of those plans will require further capital investment.
“In the meantime, my RHF the Health Secretary expects that a small number of the strongest STPs may be ready ahead of Autumn Budget. And so today I am allocating an additional £325m of capital to allow the first selected plans to proceed,” Hammond said at the time.
‘First wave of major service upgrades and care redesign’
Stevens called it the ‘first down payment of much needed investment’ to transform the NHS.
“Today we’re firing the starting gun on the first wave of major service upgrades and care redesign which will benefit people living in counties, towns and cities across England.
“For patients it’ll mean easier GP appointments, modern A&Es, and better cancer and mental health care. For staff, we’re putting our money where our mouth is in backing these practical plans developed by doctors, nurses and local NHS leaders,” he said in a statement.