Doctors should use WhatsApp to give test results and medical advice to patients, says Matt Hancock
- Matt Hancock wants to increase the number of remote GP appointments
- It is said to announce that doctors should use Whatsapp to deliver test results
- He will also say that health workers can participate virtually in meetings
- The Health Minister's proposals will be part of the NHS People's Plan
Doctors should use the WhatsApp SMS service to provide patient test results and medical advice, the health minister announced today.
Matt Hancock also wants to increase the number of remote appointments to build on the "positive changes" brought about by the pandemic.
Healthcare workers should be able to take part in meetings virtually – for example, via the Zoom video service – without having to travel, and should be encouraged to have more flexible hours, he will say.
The proposals will be part of the NHS People's Plan, which sets out how ministers intend to hire and retain many more doctors, nurses and other front-line personnel.
Matt Hancock wants to increase the number of remote GP appointments and will announce that doctors should use Whatsapp to provide test results and medical advice to patients
One of the key clauses will include more flexible work for employees, including the ability to practice from home or not to work rigid full-time hours.
As of January next year, all positions in the NHS will be advertised as flexible, and officials hope to attract more candidates, including those with young families or childcare responsibilities.
Mr. Hancock will also promise to cut some of the bureaucracy and filling out forms that many employees believe will distract them from frontline care.
He wants staff to report to the Ministry of Health the red tape they want to eliminate, including treatment goals or surgery inspections.
Mr. Hancock said, “Every single person working in the NHS has contributed to an unprecedented national effort to fight back this virus and save lives.
“They protected us and in return this government will do everything in its power to protect and support it. Our NHS staff deserve to continue to care for patients, and this crisis has shown that there is red tape that our healthcare system can do without.
"So I urge the NHS and welfare workers to talk about what bureaucracy you can do without better quality care that you are known for."
The health minister will announce that health workers can participate virtually in sessions that are part of the NHS People's Plan, such as through Zoom
Pre-pandemic numbers suggest that one in ten NHS medical posts alongside one in eight nursing roles was vacant.
The People Plan will also include suggestions to improve employee wellbeing, in the hope that they will stay at work longer.
Prerana Issar, the NHS chief people officer, said: & # 39; This plan aims to make real and lasting changes in our NHS that will benefit our hardworking employees.
“It includes practical measures based on what our employees tell us, including an equal, inclusive and flexible organization.
"The pandemic created great challenges, but it also highlighted the courage and innovation that we are capable of in the most difficult times."