I am proud to support a Government that is doing so much to assist the work of the NHS. The NHS budget will have increased by £33.9 billion by 2023/24, including a £2.3 billion uplift for mental health services and £4.5 billion for primary and community services, including new Primary Care Networks (PCNs). This landmark investment is the longest, largest funding settlement in the history of the NHS and will help to secure the long-term future of our NHS.
Alongside this, the NHS Five-Year Operational Plan, published in 2019, sets out the framework for system planning, leadership, clinical commissioning group (CCG) funding and administration, and other organisational change. It is designed to underpin the funding and treatment commitments delivered in the NHS Long-Term Plan. During 2019/20, every NHS trust, NHS foundation trust and CCG was required to agree organisation-level operational plans which combine to form a coherent wider system-level operating plan. This will provide the start point for every Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) and Integrated Care System (ICS) to develop five-year Long Term Plan implementation plans, covering the period to 2023/24.
These implementation plans will lay out strategies for developing PCNs, while expanding the workforce and establishing multidisciplinary teams. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on retaining staff by ensuring that they are well supported and able to develop their own careers; this ethos will underpin all planning for the NHS workforce.
The Long Term Plan is being accompanied by the Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP). This plan is the biggest public investment to improve hospitals and the infrastructure of our National Health Service in a generation; it is part of a package worth £3.7 billion. I am proud to be supporting a Government that is securing the future of our NHS.
The HIP delivers a significant investment in major projects, including building 48 hospitals by 2030, as well as rebuilding and refurbishing existing hospitals. An additional investment of £200 million has been designated to replace old equipment with state-of-the-art diagnostic machines. This will improve the detection and treatment of serious health issues, giving individuals the highest quality of care. In addition, 117 NHS Trusts benefitted from a share of a £300 million fund to upgrade A&E facilities ahead of winter 2020/21, ensuring sufficient and safe capacity for emergency treatment during the pandemic.
HIP is a new, strategic approach to capital projects, ensuring our NHS has the infrastructure it needs for the long term. It will provide a system to ensure funding reaches the frontline of healthcare. Spending will be monitored to assist Trusts, prioritise funding and streamline proposals for investment. This plan is for both current and future infrastructure funding, providing opportunities for further support of hospital projects.
The Department of Health and Social Care has worked with NHS England, NHS Improvement, and other key stakeholders to establish a vision for the future of our NHS as well as the detailed strategy needed to deliver on these commitments, securing the NHS for the long term.