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NHS England spends £300k on iPhones in a year

NHS managers have admitted spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on new iPhones and iPads for staff since NHS England’s formation in October 2012.

NHS England said that the spend of £371,800 on iPhones and iPads was ‘vital’ to ensure that staff were able to work in multiple locations and work on-call.

Up until October 2013, NHS England bought more than 1,800 iPhones, costing £333,300, and almost 300 iPads, at a cost of £38,500. The figures were revealed in a parliamentary answer by health minister Dr Dan Poulter.

The answer also revealed the Department of Health and its non-departmental public bodies in the last three years has purchased 559 iPads and 2,583 iPhones since 2011.

A spokesperson for NHS England told Pulse: ‘The use of smartphones is vital to ensure staff can work effectively and efficiently when they are required to work at multiple locations, or take on on-call responsibilities.

‘Staff need to continue to answer phone calls and emails while on the move. The iPhone handsets are highly compatible with NHS Mail – the secure email system used throughout NHS England – as they automatically support the required encryption standards and can connect without the need to buy additional software.

‘As a new organisation, we had no existing IT and our newly-recruited staff had to be equipped to do their job.’

 

Readers' comments (8)

  • Good.

    This is how we should work nowadays.

    I only wish the technology could be rolled out quicker to all GP's.

    (and I also would also like BT removed from all NHS IT contracts)

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  • Dear NHS England, this Christmas I would like an i-phone 5C (blue) please. I have been a very good boy this year.

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  • You don't need an iPhone or iPad to work effectively. If you need a communication tool, there are much cheaper alternatives and ditto for tablets. Why are they spending this ridiculous sum of money when most NHS organization can't even upgrade their computer. We have a pc which is almost 10 years old and all of out system is running Windows NT, no longer supported by Microsoft!

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  • You're probably running XP, but your point is well made.

    The bigger issue is that the staff have the right tools to do the job - buying cheap saves money today, but it doesn't last. If you invest in quality it will pay it back over time.

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  • Hopefully they will be able to use their ipads to pay me on time.

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  • 300 iPads for £38,500 - £128 each?? I think that they should be applauded. Traditionally the NHS spends significantly over the odds on IT

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  • and what happened to all the blackberries and iphones they all had before?

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  • I use my iPad as my computer is to slow to run outlook in my practice.

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