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Matt Hancock bans pagers from the NHS

The health and social care secretary has ordered the removal of pagers for non-emergency communications by the end of 2021.

NHS trusts will be required to phase out pagers by the end of 2021. All hospitals will be expected to have plans in place to ensure this is possible by the end of September 2020.

Staff will instead use modern alternatives, such as mobile phones and apps. These can deliver more accurate two-way communications at a reduced cost.