To improve the access to health care services, thousands of NHS patients in England will have internet training at their ‘GP’ or Hospital, according to a recent discussion.
Training centers will be built and set up within the next few months to teach over a 100,000 patients how to use this facility on the internet. It will be aimed mostly at the elderly, who’s care makes up half of NHS spending, after considering studies which claim most people over the age of 65 have never been on the internet.
NHS has increased their number of services and the information that is available to patients online in recent years and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said “He wants the health service to be paperless” by the year 2018.
There have been many concerns about those populations who have no access to the internet such as those with disabilities- mostly the elderly, the homeless, traveling communities and others who are not likely to use the internet anytime soon.
The Scheme will cost approximately $ 1,000,000 and will focus on the poorer parts of England, but there is news as well that there is a probability that these services will be made available world wide. An announcement will be made by the end of September who has won the contract to carry out the work.
Leaders of the LMC are very skeptical about the proposal to have NHS patients receive internet training. Dr Russell Walswaw the Chief Executive of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire LMC, have called the policy a “gimmick” and questions were raised if there was any evidence that by installing these hubs there would be a reduction in health inequalities. He also added, “To expect to do this with NHS money at a time when we’re in dire straits is a big minus. We should concentrate on things which are proven to reduce health inequalities. This is a gimmick, it won’t appeal to doctors and it won’t work.”
Written By: Landi Bezuidenhout