£1.5bn in funding added to NHS in 2015/16 with aim to become more efficient and sustainable.

NHS 2018 paperless ambitions could seriously impact suppliers

The NHS is making plans to become a more “efficient and sustainable” business – with aims to become paperless by 2018.

Such a move – as well intentioned as it is – could seriously impact the companies that supply the health service with its paper stock.

Annodata – provider of communications, managed print and IT services – reckons that even though a paperless NHS is a “noble ambition” from a financial and environmental stand point, it will need to win over the hearts and minds of its staff to achieve it.

Andrew Smith, head of professional services at Annodata, commented: “Going paperless would challenge even the leanest of SMEs, let alone a hospital employing hundreds of staff.’

Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt has hinted that £1.5 billion of additional funding could be allocated to the NHS over the next two years to support the more environmentally friendly plans.

Smith continued that hospitals would need to start planning now and set their plans in motion as a priority, however he advised against making too many decisions to quickly.

PCR has reached out to the NHS for comment.

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