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Health secretary challenges NHS to deliver digital services nationwide

Every patient in England should be able access their medical records and book an appointment with a GP via an app by the end of 2018, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Speaking at a conference this week, he referred to the next 10 years as “the decade of patient power”.

By the end of 2018, the health secretary wants every patient in England to be able to use an app to access NHS 111, book a GP appointment, order repeat prescriptions and access support for managing a long term condition. Pilot schemes are already underway, such as the NHS 111 app provided by Babylon Healthcare, which is on trial in north London.