Tories set to embark on ‘most ambitious’ NHS tech investment plan

the most ambitious programme of investment
“Over the course of the next parliament, this will amount to the most ambitious programme of investment in buildings and technology the NHS has ever seen,” the Tories have promised ahead of the general election

Tory manifesto includes promises to invest in accelerating the NHS digitisation process

[London, UK] The Conservatives are pledging to increase NHS funding by £8bn during the next five years and to ensure the NHS will have the ‘technology it needs’ to improve healthcare outcomes and cope with increasing demand.

In their manifesto, published yesterday, the Tories are promising to embark on ‘the most ambitious programme of investment in buildings and technology the NHS has ever seen’ if they win the general election, set to take place on June 8.

Meanwhile, Labour have promised to invest £10bn to upgrade the IT infrastructure and repair NHS buildings following Friday’s cyber attack, which disrupted services at 61 NHS organisations.

"Today we are pledging an extra £37bn over the course of the next Parliament, including £10bn of capital funding to make sure that NHS buildings and IT systems are fit for the modern day,” Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said at a conference earlier this week.

At the same time, the Liberal Democrats have promised in their manifesto to encourage support for use of mobile technologies across the healthcare system, along with online, phone or even Skype appointments.

BMA responds to Conservative manifesto

In response to the Tory manifesto, Mark Porter, BMA Council Chair, said in a statement: “The Conservatives have been in power for the last seven years, yet this manifesto will do nothing to reassure patients and NHS staff that they have the vision the NHS needs or will deliver the funding to ensure its survival.

“The extra £8bn touted in this manifesto for the NHS is smoke and mirrors – rather than extra money, this essentially extends the funding already promised in the 2015 spending review for another two years and falls far short of what is needed.”