Matt Hancock is not wasting any time as the new minister for health promising £ 400 million for the NHS.
Less than a few weeks in his new role he is promising an investment of £400 million pounds in technology for the NHS. The objective of the investment is to improve staff workloads and patient care.
It is envisaged that with this investment in technology it will transform existing electronic systems and remove paper based systems making the NHS more efficient and furthermore reducing medical errors.
Mr Hancock has stated “From today, let this be clear: tech transformation is coming. The opportunities of new technology, done right across the whole of health and social care, are vast. Let’s work together to seize them.”
It will be interesting to see how MR Hancock deals with some of the broader issues including hospital waiting lists that are at a record high and the unprecedented number of patients left on trollies during the winter pressure months and no real solution on the horizon.
However some of Mr Hancock’s comments are promising as he has stated:
“I am determined that the commitment you show to your patients is matched by the commitment we show to you,” he told staff.
“In both health and social care I want your voice to be at the heart of government,” he said. “To make this happen I’m going to launch a consultation exercise on workforce issues. And I’ll be setting up a panel of clinical and professional advisers from a cross-section of the NHS and social care workforce.”
The investment in technology we are sure will be welcomed. However Nursing Personnel are seeing an increase in hospital temporary staffing requirements across the UK with no sign of this decreasing. As an approved NHS framework nursing agency we see first-hand the agency nurse jobs being released from NHS hospitals to be filled at short notice.
The consultation on workforce issue will be interesting however, The Independent reported in February this year
“Quarterly data released by regulator NHS Improvement today, for the year to December, shows the 234 NHS trusts in England “employ 1.1 million whole-time-equivalent staff but that they have 100,000 vacancies”.
One third of the above vaccines, that being 33,300 are for nursing, and the number of unfilled positions is at a record high.
Nursing Personnel wish Mr Hancock the best of luck in his new role, but he definitely has his work cut out.
Nursing Personnel have an abundance of nursing agency jobs across the UK paying some of the most competitive rates available in NHS hospitals.
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