Health secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens have announced at the King’s Fund, an additional £325 million to 15 projects as part of the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) plans for modernising patient care, in England.
A significant amount of the extra funding will be used to improve urgent care in Dorset (up to £30 million), surgery in Greater Manchester (up to £50 million) and cancer care in Cumbria (£30-50 million) with improvements such as a new cancer centre at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and an “Urgent Care Village” at the Royal Derby.
Health bosses say that further funding for local projects in STPs which are not highly advanced, is expected to be announced in the Autumn Budget.
Chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Niall Dickson, welcomed the endorsement of STPs although he mentioned that the current model is “relatively immature and fragile”. He also mentioned that with the Conservatives having promised £10 billion of extra capital for the NHS England, an addition of additional funding should be expected in the Budget statement this year.
The British Medical Association earlier this year reported that at least £9.5 billion of capital funding will be needed to be spent by the NHS for STPs in 44 “footprint” areas.