£100million investment in Cumbrian hospitals announced

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Hospitals in north, west and east have been awarded almost £100-million government funding to support massive improvements to health and care services across the area.

The money was announced as part of the Spring Budget by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Up to £50million will be spent at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and up to £50million at the West Cumberland Hospital.

At the Cumberland Infirmary, up to £50million will be used to build a new cancer care centre, creating improved access to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The new oncology centre will mean 95% of Cumbria patients with suspected cancer will now get a diagnosis within four weeks.

By improving access both one year and five year cancer survival rates are set to increase.

West Cumberland Hospital will benefit from £30m - £50m to refurbish and rebuild parts of the hospital estate.

Up to £5million is going to support the development of 8 Integrated Care Communities – local hubs that bring together GPs, social care, community services, mental health services and specialist hospital consultants to support people closer to where they live.

This funding will support strong local plans to help the NHS modernise and transform care for patients. “A measure of success of these transformation partnerships is that people can see and feel improvements being made in their local area – there are already excellent examples of this across the country and this money will allow them to go further and faster."

Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary

Today we’re firing the starting gun on the first wave of major service upgrades and care redesign which will benefit people living in counties, towns and cities across England.

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said