Health Secretary welcomes investment at Royal Stoke

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has today hailed the positive effects of more than £26m recent investment in our local hospital trust, to create more beds, relieve pressure on A&E during winter months, and speed up cancer detection to improve treatment.

Speaking on his visit to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, the Health Secretary promised that NHS services covering Newcastle and Stoke would benefit from the additional £33.9bn in health funding under a majority Conservative government.

I would like to thank the team at the Royal Stoke for giving Matt Hancock and me such a fascinating tour of the A&E and children's A&E. It was great to talk to Matt about how improving technology and software in the NHS will help the extra funding committed by the Government go even further, supporting our excellent NHS workers to improve the care and wellbeing of patients.

Nationally, I am supporting the Conservative plans to recruit and retain 50,000 more nurses, 6,000 more doctors, and 6,000 additional primary care staff, ensuring that our NHS can deliver 15 million more GP appointments.