In his first major speech as Health Secretary last week, Matt Hancock MP outlined his three key early priorities for the NHS – technology, workforce, and prevention. He also pledged £487m towards transforming technology in the NHS to reduce staff workloads, boost prevention and improve patient care.

A £412m portion will be split between in-hospital transformation and enabling greater patient access to health services at home, with a further £75m available for trusts to replace paper-based systems with electronic systems.

Earlier this week, the new Health Secretary also appeared in front of the Health and Social Care Select Committee for the first time, where he indicated that the Department for Health and Social Care is working up options with industry for stockpiling medicines, medical devices and substances of human origin in the case of a no-deal Brexit.


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