Letters to the Editor - 02/04 - Health apps, Best of Twitter

Health apps

[Re: Why the NHS now needs a radical strategy for survival, yesterday]

I read Thomas Cawston’s rallying cry to new NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens with interest, in particular his complaint about a lack of innovation in the NHS. He’ll be happy to learn that we don’t need to travel across the Atlantic to see examples of innovative technology within the health care sector. A similar appointment app to the one he cited, which makes lives easier for patients and NHS staff, created by my London-based organisation DrDoctor, already exists here on our shores. The app, designed to improve appointment attendance rates, save money and provide an easy way for patients to communicate with the NHS, is already being used by a number of leading trusts across the country, including University College London Hospitals and Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group. We’re showing that UK tech-led innovation, currently creating excitement and innovation across business sectors, can support transformation in our NHS too.

Tom Whicher, co-founder, DrDoctor

There will be no fundamental NHS revolution as long each new wave of politicians is able to impose its own managerialist vision on the health service.

Name withheld



Real wages in Japan fell by 1.9 per cent in February on a year earlier. Another setback for Abenomics.

Eurozone unemployment falls to 11.9 per cent, better than expected. Going in right direction, albeit slowly.

Amazing figure in Populus poll: 72 per cent of those who voted Lib Dem in 2010 say they won’t in 2015.

UK productivity is effectively stagnant. Wages shouldn’t rise in real terms until this improves.