It is estimated that by more professional and knowledgeable procurement and management of equipment, the NHS could save up to £700M each year which could then be redirected to frontline services.
Today the NHS costs the UK over £115bn a year. This cost is inevitably going to grow as we experience a changing population demographic, our life spans increase and more advanced, and expensive, treatments become available. As government continues its efforts to tighten the national budget, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the NHS to fulfil these obligations.
Engineers play a vital role in the NHS
Engineers and technicians play a vital, if hidden and undervalued, role within the NHS and the wider UK healthcare industry. Technological developments by engineers enable the diagnosis of illnesses, facilitate better treatments, can provide independent and remote monitoring of patients, and have the potential to play a huge role in relieving the pressure on stretched staff, resources and budgets.