Bedford Hospital NHS Trust will benefit from a share of £325 million in new capital investment for local NHS projects across the country. The Trust will receive approximately £5 million to help the NHS modernise and transform care for patients locally by creating a primary care hub at Bedford Hospital which is expected to improve access to same day appointments for around 50,000 patients and reduce the number of patients attending the hospital’s A&E department.

This Government is backing the NHS’ own plan for the future, the Five Year Forward View, and funding it with an additional £8 billion a year in real terms by the end of this Parliament. Delivering that vision relies on better integrated care locally, which is being taken forward through Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships.

Alistair Burt commented

‘I am delighted to welcome new investment which will mean constituents will get an even better service in the Bedford area. We have made significant progress in improving patient care since 2010, and this funding will help us to promise the highest-quality, most compassionate patient care delivered by our most dedicated and skilled workforce.

We said in the Budget that we would invest in local areas who have developed the best plans – and today we are making good on that promise with an initial £325 million of capital funding. This will improve patient care and outcomes in communities up and down the country.”