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Workforce: New technology will not displace old funding issues

The prime minister may laud the benefits of IT in healthcare, but the NHS has more pressing needs
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The prime minister may laud the benefits of IT in healthcare, but the NHS has more pressing needs

We Were Promised Jetpacks is the name of a Scottish indie rock band. It also sums up nicely both the expectations vested in new technologies and the reality of what they deliver.

In May, prime minister Theresa May gave a speech lauding the benefits of new technology as the saviour of the cash-strapped NHS, suggesting that artificial intelligence, the development of ‘smart’ technologies, and computer algorithms that sift through medical records will leapfrog the NHS to a more efficient future.

Struggling with the basics

A more sober perspective came from the Queen’s Nursing Institute’s (QNI) Nursing in the Digital Age

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