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West Cumberland Hospital to receive £70m

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced that West Cumberland Hospital will receive up to £70m in Department of Health funding over the next three years. The cash will pay for the hospital's buildings to be updated, with the ultimate aim of allowing staff to work more efficiently, facilitating greater integration with community and primary care services, improving emergency care and increasing the number of single rooms.

[quote top=Speaking during a tour of hospitals in Cumbria, Lansley said:]I and my colleagues in government have looked with great care at the case for finding support for the rebuilding of Cumberland Hospital.

While other new hospital schemes are being considered in the context of the Spending Review, Cumberland will be treated on an exceptional basis, given its stage of development, evident priority and the relationship with local economic redevelopment through the energy coast programme.[/quote]

“The government remains committed to consider all future hospital projects in the context of the Spending Review to ensure value for money and affordability of these schemes. Only priority projects will receive government support."