Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced his intentions to renew plans on a drive to push the NHS into the digital age.

The proposed £4 billion investment on a paperless NHS aims to address growing discontent among medical professionals concerning the amount of paperwork that they are completing at the expense of spending time with their patients.

The new plans will enable medical professionals throughout the UK to gain instant access to up-to-date records, negating the requirement for patients’ to repeatedly submit their medical history at different NHS practices.

Once final funding has been agreed between the Department of Health and the NHS, the Government aims to act quickly with expectations that at least 10% of patients will be using computers, tablets or smartphones to access GP services by March 2017.

Further information, including an extract of Jeremy Hunt’s interview with Andrew Marr, can be found on the BBC or ITV web pages.