Osborne Gives NHS £1bn for Technology Boost

George Osborne announced in his spending review that the NHS will get £1bn to achieve a paperless NHS by 2020.

The Department of Health put in bids for between £3bn and £5bn to support technology deployment in the NHS.

Osborne said: "The government will invest £1bn in new technology over the next five years to deliver better connected services for patients and ensure that doctors and nurses have the information they need at their fingertips.

"By September 2018, 80% of clinicians in primary, urgent and emergency care will have digital access to key patient information.

"By 2020, integrated care records will give every health and care professional concerned with an individual's care the

information they need to provide safe and prompt care."

Tim Kelsey, NHS England's director of patients and information, said he had a "really important conversation with the government about the degree to which it now needs to commit in a way that has not been true, recently at least, to a significant level of capital investment in the health service for the deployment of technology, particularly locally".

Funding was increased for the Better Care Fund which was set up to give local support to NHS services so they can achieve the full integration of health and social care.

In the spending review Osborne said the overall funding plan for the NHS will see it receive an increase of £4bn in funding in 2016.

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