Johnson’s plan to build 40 hospitals yet to stand-up

From the time he took over as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been banging on about building new hospitals. He promised it in the summer of 2019, and again at party conference, and again in the manifesto for the 2019 general election, which stated:

“On top of more money for the NHS every year, we’re investing in hospitals so that our brilliant doctors and nurses have the facilities they need to give patients the best possible care.

We’re providing £850 million for 20 hospital upgrades, £2.7 billion for the first six new hospitals, and seed funding so that work on 34 more can make progress.”

In November 2019 The Lowdown questioned how realistic the promise might be:

Full story in The Lowdown, 6 September 2021