Hospitals offered funds to cut fuel bills

Hospitals in England will be offered funds to ensure they become energy efficient
Hospitals in England will be offered funds to ensure they become energy efficient Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hospitals in England will be offered funds to ensure they become energy efficient as the government attempts to cut the £600 million annual NHS fuel bill.

Health minister Dan Poulter said hospital bosses can apply for a share of £50m for projects to reduce energy costs such as introducing wind and solar power.

The Department of Health (DoH) hope the measures will save hospitals up to £12.5 million each year, which ministers have pledged to invest into front line care.

Dr Poulter said: "Hospitals use a huge amount of power. The NHS is one of the biggest users of energy in the UK, costing almost #600 million every year.

"This fund gives hospitals the go-ahead for all kinds of efficiency projects that will help them reduce the amount of energy they use and, as a result, their energy bills.

"Saving money on fuel and energy bills means more money for the NHS to spend on front line patient care, as well as a healthier environment for future generations."

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