A bid to slash
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will outline plans to cut form-filling and time-consuming bureaucracy across all English hospitals.
Technology fan Mr Hancock will vow to use new digital techniques to build on a trial in GP surgeries which is said to have saved more than 200,000 hours of clinical time and 300,000 hours of admin time in a single year across 2,700 practices in England.
That includes a medical centre in Newham which has ‘massively’ reduced ‘admin’ for doctors, with new processes that mean 65 per cent fewer letters needing to be seen by GPs.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will vow to use new digital techniques to slash NHS red tape to give staff more time to care for patients
Mr Hancock will promise to expand the trial to all NHS hospitals across England as part of the NHS People Plan due to be published this week.
He said last night: ‘We all know NHS staff bemoan the amount of time they spend filling in forms and want to spend more time with patients.
‘If we are to realise the enormous potential of the NHS Long Term Plan, it’s vital we make every minute of clinical time count.’
The Health Secretary added: ‘We owe it to patients, their families and staff to free up time from unnecessary or outdated admin to maximise clinical time.’
He said the drive to slash NHS administration time would be funded through long-term plans for the Government to invest an additional £33.9 billion a year into the NHS by 2023/24.