My honourable friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Ben Bradshaw) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
Our Health, Our Care, Our Community, published in July 2006, set out our ambition for community hospitals. It announced the setting up of a £750 million capital investment programme over five years from 2006-07 to develop a new generation of community hospitals and services.
I am announcing today funding for a further nine schemes, which are supported locally by a broad cross-section of partners and other stakeholders:
£3 million towards the development a new town-centre primary care facility in Hartlepool;
£3.7 million to refurbish St Charles Hospital in north Kensington in London;
£5 million for a new health park at Keynsham in Bath and North Somerset;
£6.4 million towards a new health and social care campus at Dursley, Berkeley Vale;
£7 million towards a joint health and community campus development for Selby;
£13.2 million for the development of two community hospitals at Moreton and at Bourton in the north Cotswolds;
£17.1 to develop a community hospital on the site of St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth;
£19.3 million to provide a new community hospital facility at Malvern; and
£20 million to develop three community hospitals in East Riding at Beverley, Horsea and Driffield hospitals.
Approval is subject to clearance through the formal business case process.
The total value of these schemes is equivalent to approximately £132 million, of which £95 million will be funded from the community hospitals and services programme. Today’s announcement means that 23 schemes have now been approved, with a total value of roughly £272 million, bringing the investment from the community hospitals programme up to £190 million.
These schemes will change the face of the local NHS. They offer genuine opportunities to deliver better and more flexible primary care and community health services to local communities, providing better access and integrated services closer to home.