Responding to the Prime Minister's announcement of extra capital investment for the NHS, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said:
"The NHS badly needs more capital funding to invest in new buildings, equipment and to deal with a maintenance backlog that now stands at £6 billion. Today’s announcement is very welcome and will bring vital investment in some key areas of the country.
"Frontline NHS leaders consistently tell us that crumbling buildings and out of date equipment are holding them back from providing the best care they can for patients. This announcement is therefore a further step in tackling one of the largest areas of unfinished business following last year's new funding settlement for the NHS which did not include capital funding and other key areas of expenditure.
"While this extra investment is very welcome, it represents the start and not the end of what is required. We will need to see more detail shortly and will need to make sure any new money reaches the areas where it will make the most difference.
“Needless to say, there are many other areas of the country that also need similar capital investment and we will push for those local services to be prioritised in future roll outs. In particular, we need to ensure that often overlooked mental health and community services get the investment they need to ensure they can provide the best possible care to patients and service users.”