Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans to upgrade every hospital, GP practice and community care service to full fibre connectivity.
Almost 40 per cent of NHS organisations are using slow and unreliable internet supplied through copper lines. No time scale for the upgrade has been published.
The announcement supports ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan to expand and improve online access to NHS services. Under the plan:
- every patient will get the right to choose a ‘digital first’ approach to primary healthcare
- cloud-based patient records will help clinicians access crucial information, including high-resolution images, anywhere in the country, improving patient safety and speeding up appointments