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New health secretary pledges £0.5bn to transform technology in NHS

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3201 (Published 20 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3201
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The NHS in England is to receive almost half a billion pounds to invest in technology across the service, the new health and social care secretary has announced.

In his first speech since his appointment to replace Jeremy Hunt earlier this month,1 Matt Hancock announced a £487m (€545m; $635m) funding package to create what he described as “the most advanced health system in the world.”

In a speech to staff at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, the former secretary for digital, culture, media, and sport said that technology, workforce, and prevention would be his early priorities in his new role. “They are intertwined, and they cut across everything my department does,” he …

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