GPs in talks for full fibre broadband

The extra speed and bandwidth will allow them to host video consultations for patients who're unable to make it to the surgery.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has reportedly been in talks with BT Openreach about providing GP surgeries with access to full fibre broadband.

Speaking at a Conservative Party Conference fringe event last week, he explained how he’d bumped into their Chief Executive Clive Selley earlier in the day.

‘I said “Clive, there’s something you need to do, because I’ve got thousands of GP practices that need your full fibre connectivity”, and he said “send me their addresses…they’re up for it.’

Full fibre broadband swaps out traditional copper cabling for next-generation fibre which is able to deliver much quicker, more reliable speeds over greater distances.

It would provide GPs with the amount of bandwidth they need to hold video consultations with patients who’re unable to make it into the surgery.

Hancock went onto encourage GPs to sign-up to his Local Full Fibre Network initiative which helps businesses with the costs of connecting up to these kinds of infrastructures

“We are keen to work with the health secretary on delivering future proof broadband infrastructure to GP surgeries across the UK,” said a spokesperson for BT Openreach.

“We believe our network can do even more for patients and healthcare professionals, and we’re talking to all parts of government about how to encourage greater investment in full fibre broadband.”

Source: Pulse Today 

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