By James Warren • 29 September 2019 • 10:14
Boris Johnson will announce that he will pledge £16 billion into new UKs hospitals. Source: Twitter.
BORIS Johnson has announced that he will shortly unveil a plan to pledge £13 billion into the building of 40 new hospitals.
According to his latest announcement, made during the Tory party rally in Manchester, money for “the biggest programme of hospital building in a generation” will come from the billions saved in EU contributions after Brexit.
The investment will begin with £2.7 billion for six hospitals over the next five years including trusts in Leeds, Leicester and St Helier.
The remaining projects, including a number of smaller, rural hospitals will be rolled out throughout the second half of the next decade.
In a separate manifesto, Mr Johnson will also give scientists £200 million to develop treatments for cancer, dementia and other illnesses.
The scheme has been designed to help commercialise medical breakthroughs, potentially earning the UK economy billions instead of sending the discoveries overseas.
Mr Johnson said: “The UK has the best universities in the world and we have a proud history of scientific discovery from penicillin to sequencing the human genome.
“But too often we let another country commercialise this discovery. Today I am changing that.
“I want life-saving cancer treatments of tomorrow to say ‘discovered and made in Britain.’
“This means allowing enough late stage capital to be mobilised so that these science discoveries do not have to go overseas to be commercialised.”
It will also introduce thousands of high end jobs throughout the medical sector, leading the UK’s charge in medical advancement, alongside providing extra support and opportunities of employment in Alzheimer’s care and cancer support.
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