The NHS Confederation’s annual conference took place in Manchester. Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock was busy elsewhere, as the Conservative Party leadership race heated up; but think-tanks warned that whoever emerged in charge of the government would need to find more money for capital spending, public health and social care if they wanted to see the NHS Long Term Plan delivered.
Matthew Gould, the incoming chief executive of NHSX, said the new unit would survive the departure of Hancock; probably. But the Treasury is “sceptical” about putting more money into technology, and “there is a job to be done” to make the case.
The NHS published an interim version of the NHS People Plan. Immediate action will be taken to recruit more nurses. Matthew Gould, the incoming chief executive of NHSX, wrote a blog about the NHS App. Gould praised the work; and then said it would not be developed further. The Northern Cancer Alliance made a major advance in digital pathology by signing a five-year contract with Sectra.
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Matt Hancock gave a speech on the NHS and technology, in which he formally launched the GP IT Futures contract that will replace the GP Systems of Choice contract. He also renewed his commitment to ‘internet first’ service delivery. Meanwhile, a series of reports highlighted the scale of the ongoing NHS staff crisis. And Babylon Health came under renewed scrutiny, with the revelation that one of the country’s biggest trusts is looking to using its triage app and video technology to manage demand for hospital services in Birmingham.