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Jane Bates: We can’t go digital without funding

Matt Hancock’s ambition to put technology at the heart of the NHS will require major investment
A nurse typing on a computer keyboard

Matt Hancock’s ambition to put technology at the heart of the NHS will require major investment

At her 36-week antenatal check up, a friend spent much of her visit trying to make sense of the new IT system the midwife was visibly struggling with.

She works in the NHS herself so understands the demands of the digital dream versus the reality of stressed staff and substandard equipment.

Another friend, visiting her family doctor last week, sat despairing as her test results could not be obtained, and my mother had a similar experience at a different surgery only a few days ago. On these two occasions the electronic software had crashed, yet again.

Innovation and integration

Matt Hancock, our health and social care secretary, has put technology at the forefront of his plans for the NHS. There will be

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