Extra £18 million for Wirral's NHS announced today

News that Wirral is to receive a share of the new £1.8 billion for the NHS has been welcomed by Councillors.

More beds, new cutting-edge equipment and additional wards will be delivered at hospitals across the country, as the Prime Minister confirms a new £1.8 billion NHS cash injection.

Wirral's NHS will receive £18 million to improve urgent treatment. 

Councillor Mary Jordan, Conservative Spokesman on the Adult Care and Health Committee, said: "This is good news for Wirral's NHS and all of us who depend on it - especially for care that is urgent. 

"We have been urging the NHS to do more to improve urgent care and A&E.  Today's news means they will now have the money to do it. 

"There are other issues that still need attention - not least access to urgent care and public transport - but the extra cash announced today is a welcome step."

Chief Executive of NHS England Simon Stevens said: "This is a significant start to the much needed capital investment so that our nurses, doctors and other NHS staff will be able to care for their patients in modern facilities with state of the art equipment.

"The concrete steps being set out this week will mean investment flows directly to frontline services, providing new clinics and wards. As they come on line, as part of our NHS Long Term Plan, patients will benefit from reduced waits for treatment and wider upgrades to the quality of care the health service is able to offer."

Later this week, the Health Secretary will also set out further changes to the NHS pension scheme to support senior doctors and GPs taking on extra shifts.

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