Hancock to reveal £400m STP technology fund

Full story in HSJ, 20 July 2018

New health and social care secretary Mat Hancock will single out technology as a priority in his first speech tomorrow announcing a long-awaited £412m technology fund for sustainability and transformation partnerships.

Mr Hancock will give his first speech at West Suffolk Hospital on Friday morning, where he is expected to single out workforce, technology and prevention as his main early priorities.

He will also reveal Treasury approval for a long-awaited new round of digital technology funding that will be allocated by STPs and focus on fixing hospital IT systems.

The £412m fund will run through to 2020-21 and STPs will be able to make regional bids for allocations from autumn this year. The first tranche is scheduled for release by the end of financial year and will flow to individual hospital trusts.