The Health and Social Care Secretary sees how the North East and Yorkshire are improving lives across the country during a visit to the region

  • Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid tours state-of-the-art facilities at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Teesside
  • Also visited Doncaster Royal Infirmary to see improved facilities

The Health and Social Care Secretary today visited two key sites in the North East and Yorkshire which are helping to improve the lives of patients and protect the health of the country and the world.

On Tuesday February 15, Sajid Javid visited Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, a biopharmaceutical manufacturing site, following the £400m announcement that will see them expand their facilities and is expected to create up to 350 jobs.

This is part of the company’s vision for the Teesside site to be the beating heart of the growing North East life sciences ecosystem.

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies plans to be operational by the end of 2023 and will further build on the North East’s reputation as a leader in the development of life sciences – spearheading advances in medicines , treatments and vaccines to strengthen preparedness against future national and global health threats.

It will be critical in fueling the country’s response to some of today’s most pressing global health challenges and delivering life-changing medicines and vaccines to patients in need.

Later today, the Health and Social Care Secretary visited the Doncaster Royal Infirmary, part of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Trust.

While there, he toured the Women and Children Building Extension which opened in November 2021 and includes two inpatient areas and a theater unit. He also heard first-hand what the Trust is doing to improve the lives of patients, including their consultation on a £17.6million urgent and care village at Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop , which would see the return of 24/7 hospital pediatric care to the site. .

They also discussed plans to increase diagnostic capacity to help reduce COVID-19 backlogs and meet growing demand. In early 2020, a new £4.9million CT suite opened at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. At the time of its construction, local demand for CT tests had increased by 70% over the previous five years and the new facility will see them delivering an additional 36,000 scans a year to Doncaster and North Nottinghamshire.

The Trust has also been chosen to host one of two community diagnostic centers in South Yorkshire, after the area received £3million in funding. Based at their hospital in Montagu, the center is one of 100 the government and NHS are rolling out across the country to help millions of patients gain access to tests, diagnoses and treatment earlier. The first phase of the project is now complete with the installation of a CT scanner and an MRI scanner, and it is estimated that by the end of March almost 4,000 patients will have been seen.

Last week, the NHS and government published a plan to tackle the backlog of COVID-19 with a massive expansion of testing, screening and treatment capacity, as part of the elective new recovery package. At the same time, the government has published an Integration White Paper setting out a vision for an integrated NHS and adult care sector that will better serve patients and staff.

This is part of plans to restore and reform health and care services and ensure that everyone can get the treatment and care they need, when and where they need it.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:

Visiting Teesside and Doncaster I have seen and heard great examples of what makes this country one of the best in the world not only for improving the lives of patients but also for developing my innovative medicines and treatments for us protect us and our international partners.

The expansion of the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies site will not only benefit the local economy through the creation of hundreds of jobs – the development of medicines and vaccines means that we will continue to be prepared for potential future health threats.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw University Hospitals are making excellent progress in improving the lives of patients in the region – in particular by expanding cancer diagnostic capacity, which is a vital part of our national war on cancer, which will be underpinned by a new 10-year plan. .

With great innovations in the North East and Yorkshire, it’s no wonder the UK is the envy of the world when it comes to treatments and healthcare innovations.

Martin Meeson, Managing Director of FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, said:

The visit of the Secretary of State demonstrates the crucial role of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in the fields of health, science and innovation in the United Kingdom.

It was great to introduce him to our talented team and show how we are driving many different advances in medicines and vaccines – not only for Novavax – but also for the hundreds of other projects we are working on across our network of global manufacturing.

We also talked about the future and how Fujifilm is investing £400m to develop the Billingham site. This is a really big investment in UK biotech, one of the biggest ever, and will create around 350 new jobs.

Richard Parker, chief executive of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Education Trusts, said:

The past two years have been incredibly difficult and we took the opportunity to show the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care our hospital.

We are proud to recognize the tireless work of our colleagues, as well as highlighting the benefits the investment has brought to our site throughout this time, how it will help us in our recovery and how we can still improve going forward. ‘to come up.

Like the rest of the NHS, we have a lot of work ahead of us to catch up with the backlog of activities that has built up since 2020, while ensuring that we have the appropriate capacity to care for those in need of care. emergency – but I believe our team at DBTH is more than up to the challenge.

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