5G technology would enable more patient care to be done remotely by providing high-speed and high-quality video connections.
- Vodafone’s proposed merger with Three will enable billions of pounds of investment in the UK, creating a leading 5G network in Europe and supporting 5G-enabled technologies in public services.
- New research shows that the use of 5G-enabled technology in health and social care settings could save the NHS up to £1 billion a year – equivalent to employing 15,400 full-time nurses – helping to reduce pressure on front-line staff.
- 5G technology would enable more patient care to be done remotely by providing high-speed and high-quality video connections.
Research commissioned by Vodafone has found that the NHS will lose out on £1 billion of savings every year if 5G is not rolled out quickly across the UK.
Local councils also stand to miss out on significant savings, with 5G-enabled technologies having the potential to reduce social care spending by 5%. On top of the £40 million 5G Innovation Regions funding currently available to councils, this would help plug the existing gap in social care funding.
The findings, calculated by WPI Economics, come as projections show that the ageing population will put an increasing strain on the NHS and social services in the years to come, with £79 billion of public spending required to meet these needs. 5G-enabled technologies will be essential in addressing these challenges.