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  • HEALTHCARE IN DEVON TO GET £8 MILLION BOOST FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed the first major speech from the new Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock, in which he outlined £487 million of funding to use innovative technology to improve the NHS. The objective is to use the money to improve patient care, reduce workload on staff, improve efficiency and help more patients access health services at home. Devon’s share will be £8.8 million, with the South West as a whole receiving £40.3 million.

    The Health Secretary cited existing technological innovations to demonstrate the many benefits that the of technology can bring – for example Scan4Safety where barcode tracking in hospitals is enabling staff to track all patients and their treatments, manage medical supplies and the effectiveness of equipment.

    Mr Stride said:

    “The ever-increasing demands on the NHS, coupled with new expensive treatments constantly becoming available, mean the NHS has got to use technology to do things it currently does more quickly and efficiently. This is a good decision from the new Health Secretary and I look forward to seeing how NHS trusts here in Devon benefit from this significant funding.”

    Earlier this year the Government announced that the NHS will receive £20.5billion more funding a year by 2023 - a 3.4% real-terms increase over the next five years.







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