EMERGENCY and urgent care facilities at Tameside General Hospital will received a cash injection of £16.3 million under Prime Minister Boris Johnson's NHS spending pledge.

Mr Johnson is due to unveil plans to upgrade outdated facilities and equipment at 20 NHS hospitals in England at a speech in Lincolnshire today.

Among those set to benefit is Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust to provide emergency and urgent care facilities at Tameside General Hospital.

The announcement is part of his £1.8 billion cash injection for the health service.

But experts said the sum, while desperately needed, is just a fraction of what is required to fix ailing NHS buildings across the country.

Ben Gershlick, from the Health Foundation charity, said that "years of under-investment in the NHS's infrastructure means this extra money risks being little more than a drop in the ocean".

He warned that NHS facilities are "in major disrepair" in England, with a maintenance backlog of more than £6 billion, a figure also cited by other experts.

The chief executive at the Nuffield Trust health think tank, Nigel Edwards, said the sum "will only be a fraction of what it would cost to really upgrade 20 hospitals".

"Nobody should expect shiny new hospitals in their towns any time soon," he added.