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Wales to spend £25 million on digital in healthcare

27/01/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Welsh Government has announced an extra £25 million investment to support the country’s NHS and social care sector develop more digital services.

Vaughan Gething

Health and Social Services Minister Vaughan Gething said it will speed up the use of digital ways of working and the adoption of new technologies, and support the transformation of digital systems in hospitals, the ambulance service and social care sector.

The Welsh Government is going to work with digital leaders from NHS Wales to identify existing programmes that can be accelerated with the support of the funding.

“Stepping up our digital investment at this pace and scale alongside our response to the pandemic and other pressures has been a challenge but it is a priority,” Gething said.

“The additional funding announced today will help us to invest in mobile devices, remote working and video consultation, and accelerate other strategic transformation projects.”

He highlighted the contribution of remote working and video consultations in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and how services such as speech therapy for children have benefitted from digital tools.

Image from Welsh Government, Open Government Licence 

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