Redbridge council reacts to Government NHS funding pledge

Published: 3 October 2019

It was recently announced Whipps Cross University Hospital in Waltham Forest, along with five others across England, would benefit from £2.7billion of funding over the next five years, as part of the government's new health infrastructure programme.

Commenting on the recent announcement, Cllr Mark Santos Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Mental Health and the Ageing said:

“We welcome this much needed investment in healthcare in east London, and acknowledge the benefits to residents accessing services at Whipps Cross Hospital, but there is still a very real and urgent need for investment in healthcare in Redbridge. 

“We are disappointed to have once again missed out on accessing much needed government funding for hospitals under the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. 

“Health facilities across BHR need capital investment. Our populations are not only growing rapidly, they are changing. The demands on the local health infrastructure are considerable.

“It is right that we should be concerned by the continuous lack of capital funding to our hospitals.

“Our NHS professionals are doing the very best they can but without more capital funding we will not have the healthcare infrastructure that this borough deserves and needs.”

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