MTG welcomes Government’s first medical technology strategy
The Medical Technology Group welcomes the publication of the Government’s medical technology strategy, announced February 3rd 2023. This plan will focus on accelerating access to innovative technologies and sets out how to ensure patients can access safe, effective and innovative technology – through the NHS – which can improve diagnostic capacity and ease the pressure on the workforce.
Chair of the MTG, Barbara Harpham, said: “As the NHS continues to recover from the pandemic and deal with long term problems around workforce and waiting lists, it is reassuring to see that the Government is taking the potential of medical technology seriously. This strategy places medical technology at the heart of the Government’s ongoing efforts to futureproof the health service, helping the new Integrated Care Systems fulfil their population health model of care while ensuring every patient in the NHS can access the life changing devices they need.”
“We’ve spent the last two decades campaigning for equitable access to medical technology on the NHS and have gained a huge amount of insight into how it can benefit patients. We look forward to engaging with NICE, NHS England and parliamentarians as we look to make the best out of this exciting new strategy in the years to come.”