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NHS criticised for use of ‘20th century’ pagers

More than one in 10 of the world's pagers is being used in the NHS, according to estimates.

More than one in 10 of the world's pagers is being used in the NHS, according to estimates.

A new report looking at communications within the National Health Service said around 130,000 of the devices were employed at an annual cost of £6.6 million.

Compiled by digital solutions company CommonTime, the report said pagers were not only limited – they do not support two-way communication – but also costly.

Replacement

Replacing the nearly 130,000 pagers with use of mobile software could save the NHS £2.7 million a year, the report found.

Rowan Pritchard Jones, chief clinical information officer at the St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘Pagers represent 20th-century technology and are a blunt instrument for communication.

‘Apart from a 'fast bleep', doctors

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