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Jeremy Hunt urges NHS to use technology

9th June 2014

Speaking at the NHS annual conference in Liverpool, health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, praised the NHS for delivering increased activity on a "very small" increase in budget.


He said he was convinced that a sustainable NHS could be achieved and thought that the answer was through innovative use of technology.

His "pet idea" was for GPs to use Skype to communicate with hospitals before referral, to check it is appropriate, and learn more about the condition. It was not an enforcement of change but an encouragement for GPs.

Hunt addressed technology in other ways. He argued that the key to a sustainable NHS would be acting upon the Mid Staffs scandal and revolutionising hospital care, adding that poor quality is expensive, and that clinical negligence has cost the NHS billions.

Better Care Fund

There was a focus from all the political parties on integrated healthcare. Hunt said it would be important to integrate health and social care, and the Better Care Fund should support these initiatives.

The fund has £4b, mostly from the NHS's budget, but has been paused by the cabinet office, who are waiting on stronger evidence it will reduce pressures on A&E.

Hunt said fund money will only be released under certain conditions, which include risk sharing between the organisations accessing it, seven day working and creation of shared records.

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Thursday 12th June 2014 @ 8:18

Good suggestions, no doubt because in these modern days, we cannot but resort to innovation and technology if we have to be abreast of things and the fast moving times. But, will the idea of GPs interacting with the hospitals before referrals add to their already burdened schedules - well, I am NOT sure.

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