Government looks to enhance UK's healthcare services

29 March 2012

The government is looking to thwart problems in healthcare with £4 million worth of funding to help develop breakthrough ideas.

A pair of competitions has been established by the Department of Health so that the money can be spread out evenly and effectively.

In order stand a chance of gaining some of the funds, businesses are being urged to showcase ideas which can either help in the battle against obesity and alcohol-related diseases or encourage patients to stick with their prescribed medication.

Health minister Lord Howe commented: "Technology and innovation have an important role to play in helping to address the healthcare challenges facing the NHS."

Sir David Nicholson, the NHS' chief executive, added that "innovation is vital" when it comes to improving healthcare across the UK.

Details of the government fund come soon after University of Aberdeen researchers highlighted that free eye care in Scotland has helped to enhance the health of people living in the country.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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