The 100th hospital scheme to be built under the biggest hospital building programme in the history of the NHS – St Helens Hospital in Merseyside – has admitted its first patients. So far 131 hospitals have been built or are under construction as part of the scheme at a cost of £12 billion.
Secretary of State for Health Alan Johnson said:
“The opening of St Helens Hospital – the 100th under our ten year hospital building scheme – is fantastic news for patients who will now benefit from state of the art facilities and surroundings as well as first class care.
“We launched the building programme to replace and modernise the ageing NHS estate, half of which dated from before 1948 and was not fit for purpose in a modern NHS. That figure is now down to 20% and by the end of 2010 we will have exceeded our original target by a minimum of 25 more schemes.”
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