The Sick Will Be Saved... By Free NHS Hospital Wi-Fi

By Gary Cutlack on at

All NHS buildings in England will soon have complimentary Wi-Fi inside them to alleviate the boredom of waiting for clinic appointments and operations to happen, with a scheme to replace today's patchwork coverage of paid services and no services hopefully in place by the year 2020.

The aim is to create a "digital and paperless" future version of the NHS, which will potentially make lives easier for staff -- with the knock-on effect of making a hospital stay more enjoyable and just like being at home, seeing as you'll be able to lie in bed on your phone all day while people look at you and tut.

The government's been encouraged by the wording of a report put together by UK "Digital Champion" Martha Lane Fox, which recommended using money from a £1bn technology fund to wire-up all buildings for the benefit of both staff systems and patients.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has officially agreed, saying: "Everyone using the NHS expects it to be a world leader in digital healthcare and free Wi-Fi is an essential part of making that a reality. It will give patients and staff the ability to access the services they need as well as freeing up clinical time and reducing overall costs." [BBC]

Image credit: NHS hospital from Shutterstock

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