As the former Health Secretary, I couldn't be happier to share that the Government has made a solid commitment to rebuild West Suffolk Hospital as part of the New Hospital Programme. This is a huge step forward in improving healthcare infrastructure in our region, and it's something we should all celebrate.
West Suffolk Hospital is truly special. It holds a unique place in the hearts of our local community, and both patients and staff have a deep affection for it. However, the buildings and the layout of the hospital have limitations that make it challenging to deliver the 21st-century healthcare that I believe patients and staff deserve. Thankfully, this much-needed investment for its redevelopment ensures that patients and staff will benefit from safe, state-of-the-art facilities and improved care.
Back in 2019, I had the privilege of leading the largest hospital building program, and I'm thrilled by the Government's decision to invest over £20 billion in constructing new hospitals. This funding, earmarked for the New Hospital Programme by 2030, is truly remarkable. It fills me with pride to witness the progress of this project and see the Government's commitment to its success. I can't wait to see the incredible outcomes that will come from this substantial investment.
The Government is fully committed to fulfilling its manifesto pledge of building 40 new hospitals in England by 2030. We've already completed two hospitals, and construction is underway for five more. By the end of next year, we'll have over 20 hospitals either in progress or finalised. And that's not all. We aim to eradicate dormitory accommodation from mental health facilities across the country, treating mental health on par with physical health.
There is no doubt that a hospital is more than just a building; it's the dedicated staff who work in it that truly matters. However, this redevelopment represents a major step forward. I'm eagerly looking forward to visiting when it opens. Stay tuned for more updates.