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Sixty seconds on . . . the digital NHS

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1919
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

I’d like to understand the plans to digitise the NHS. Is there something I can download and print?

Wrong already. The NHS will be paperless by 2020, says Jeremy Hunt, health secretary for England. Printing anything is so 1980s.

Bring it on! But hasn’t he promised that before?

Well, yes. In 2013 he said that the NHS would be paperless by 2018. The timetable’s been refined.

What’s holding it up?

It’s very difficult. Don’t forget the National Programme for Information Technology, …

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