£450m for new hospital for Cornwall hailed as a game changer for healthcare in Cornwall

George Eustice, MP for Camborne & Redruth alongside his Cornish colleague have welcomed this morning's announcement by Health Secretary Matt Hancock that Cornwall will get up to £450 million for a new hospital.

The plans are part of a new strategic Health Investment Programme of £13billion to upgrade hospitals across the country.

This will include funds for the NHS in Cornwall to begin work, with local decision makers, to consider options and work up the business case, which could include a brand new acute hospital on a new site, upgrading of existing Community Hospitals as well as redevelopment of existing facilities at Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske.

The case for a new Cornish hospital was presented to the Health Secretary at a meeting with all 6 of Cornwall’s MPs earlier this year. That the government has accepted this and committed to fund a new hospital so soon is great news for all in the Duchy.

George said, "This is welcome news for all in Cornwall who depend and use the health services in Cornwall. This sum is in addition to the previously announced investment of £135 million for new facilities and services provided by the RCHT at Treliske. It will be for local leaders to decide how best the money be spent and will help take pressure off the existing site at Treliske to have an acute care centre at a more accessible location in Cornwall. I look forward to working with the Council and others in the weeks ahead to ensure that this money is spent wisely."