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Mobile Communications

December 7, 2005

Question written on 07/12/2005

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the contribution made by mobile communications to the NHS and other health professionals in Greater London in terms of (a) achieving savings and (b) the provision of improved services to NHS users; and if she will make a statement.

Answered by Jane Kennedy

The Department is currently undertaking a strategic review of assistive technology. The potential for mobile and other technologies, including text messaging services, to help keep individuals out of acute or institutional care where appropriate and to help individuals or professionals manage long term conditions will be assessed as part of that review.The Department has contracted to provide digital radio communication systems for ambulance trusts in England. This should save money compared to trusts holding individual contracts for the same services. It will also bring further benefits in terms of higher quality communications, standardisation and interoperability between ambulance services and with other emergency services.