Greg has welcomed news that Stoke Mandeville Hospital is set to receive £15,000,000 in order to provide a new childrens' A&E.
The £15,000,000 will be used to build an integrated children’s emergency department at Stoke Mandeville and an inpatient ward.
It is part of £150 million to be shared across 25 A&Es, with the money being used to expand waiting areas and increase the number of treatment cubicles. It is on top of the £300 million provided by the Government to upgrade A&Es announced last month - of which £900,000 was awarded to Buckinghamshire - taking the total investment in A&Es this winter to £450 million.
In June the Prime Minister announced plans to accelerate £5 billion of infrastructure spending as part of his New Deal for Britain. This funding forms part of the New Deal, which allocated a total of £1.5 billion this year for hospital maintenance, hospital building and A&E expansion.
The funding comes on top of the additional £3 billion that the Prime Minister recently announced to help prepare the NHS for winter. This funding will allow the NHS to continue to use extra hospital capacity acquired from the independent sector through the coronavirus pandemic, and also to maintain the Nightingale hospitals until the end of March.
Greg said: “I am delighted that there will now be a childrens' A&E facility at Stoke Mandeville, one of the main hospitals used by Buckingham constituency residents.
"Staff have worked tirelessly over recent months, and I would like to thank them for everything they have done to get our local community through the coronavirus pandemic. While we hope for the best this winter, it's right that we plan for the worst. This funding to upgrade A&E across the Trust will ensure that we are in the best possible position for the challenges that the winter months may bring."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: “We are investing £450 million to make sure our A&E departments are ready for winter. Hospitals around the country will be able to expand and upgrade to ensure they can continue safely treating patients in the coming months."