Burnham-On-Sea MP James Heappey has this week welcomed a ‘major investment’ announced by the Government in two hospitals serving the constituency, totalling £900million.

He says the Government has announced the “largest ever hospital building programme” and two Somerset hospitals are included in the scheme.

Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and the Royal United Hospital in Bath will both receive immediate funding with £900million provisionally allocated for a replacement hospital in Taunton and a full rebuild of the RUH in Bath.

Both hospitals have been included in the second phase of work meaning the building work would take place between 2025-2030.

Musgrove and RUH play a key role in the Wells constituency, which includes Shepton Mallet, Burnham-On-Sea, Street and Glastonbury and Mr Heappey says he’s pleased with the news.

He adds: “This is amazing news for the Wells Constituency with the two main hospitals serving our community both included in the scheme.”

”£450 million is provisionally allocated for a replacement hospital in Taunton and the same amount for a full rebuild of the RUH in Bath.”

”Both trusts will receive money immediately to fully develop their plans and the hospitals will be built in the second half of the next decade.”

“I’ve been campaigning for major investment in our local NHS and I’m absolutely thrilled to see nearly a billion pounds now allocated to deliver the world class health service people in Somerset deserve. This is truly amazing news for our county.”