Coronavirus sends US markets into the red

first_imgInvestors fled to safety as they sold off shares. Spot gold rose 0.6 per cent to $1,579.6 and the Japanese yen climbed 0.4 per cent against the dollar. Harry Robertson Show Comments ▼ “As such, we think that the current virus outbreak poses a downside risk to our China growth forecast, particularly in the first quarter and possibly the second quarter should the outbreak be prolonged. But beyond that the impact should begin to fade.” “The bottom is falling out of this market as traders attempt to gauge the potential impact that the deadly, aggressively spreading coronavirus could have,” said Fiona Cincotta of online trading platform City Index. George Lagarias, chief economist at Mazars, said investors were asking themselves whether coronavirus heralded the end of the decade-long business cycle. The S&P 500 was down 1.3 per cent shortly after the bell, while the Dow Jones was 1.2 per cent lower and the tech-heavy Nasdaq had fallen 1.6 per cent. Monday 27 January 2020 3:31 pm US stock markets retreated from record highs today (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus sends US markets into the red whatsapp US stock markets retreated from record highs today (Getty Images) The yield – which moves inversely to the price – on the US 10-year Treasury bond fell eight basis points to 1.607 per cent. Yet he said if “modern medicine and containment tactics succeed as they have done some many times in the past, then investors may be best served by remembering that volatility may be a tactical opportunity for those waiting to buy at lower prices”. Yet the Chinese government has cautioned that it expects the spread of the virus to accelerate, and has confirmed that it can spread in its incubation period, making it harder to tackle.center_img whatsapp Share Tommy Wu, senior Asia economist at consultancy Oxford Economics, cautioned that “it is still too early to gauge the extent of the coronavirus outbreak”. He said the “outbreak could potentially be a high impact but short-lived event, similar to the Sars [virus] experience in 2003.” The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus rose roughly 30 per cent to 2,744 today. About half of them were in Hubei province, whose capital is Wuhan, where the outbreak began, and there have been no deaths outside China. Stocks with strong links to China were the most badly affected. On the Nasdaq index – which is loaded with tech firms – hard drive-maker Western Digital, graphics firm Nvidia, and American Airlines were among the biggest fallers. US stock markets retreated from record highs today (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus sends US markets into the red US stocks markets opened sharply lower this afternoon as investors grew fearful that the coronavirus outbreak – which has killed 81 – will damage the global economy. Coronavirus sends US markets into the red Stock markets fell across the world, Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 2.2 per cent, France’s Cac 40 fell 2.6 per cent, Germany’s Dax sank 2.5 per cent, and the Eurostoxx 600 fell 2.2 per cent. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

Gambell teenager leads successful whale hunt, brings home 57-foot bowhead

first_imgFood | Oceans | Subsistence | Western | WildlifeGambell teenager leads successful whale hunt, brings home 57-foot bowheadApril 21, 2017 by Davis Hovey, KNOM-Nome Share:Chris Agragiiq Apassingok was the striker who landed this 200-year-old female bowhead whale Monday, April 17, 2017, for his family and community. (Photo by Karen Trop, KNOM.Families and community members on St. Lawrence Island will be eating bowhead whale this week after a local hunter caught Gambell’s second whale of the season Monday night.Chris Apassingok, a 16-year-old who would normally be spending his days in high school, was the “striker,” or hunter credited with catching the 57-foot-long female bowhead whale for the community of Gambell. Apassingok introduces himself by his Yupik name before recounting his successful hunt:“My Yupik name is Agragiiq. The girls on top of the beach saw a whale, and they thought it was two of them, it was this bowhead whale,” Apassingok said. “(We) went out and chased it for maybe an hour and a half; the other boats could have gotten it, but they never got close enough to strike. It came up right in front of us, and I struck it.”Apassingok’s mother expressed joy for her son, who, she said, was born to be a hunter.“My name is Susan Aakapak (which means ‘big sister’ in our language) Apassingok,” she said. “My son has been hunting since he was in diapers and drinking from the bottle, he’s been whaling. His life has been nothing but hunting.”The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commissioner for Gambell, and uncle to Chris the striker, is Edmond Apassingok. He says the approximately 200-year-old whale was caught about two miles away from the village, but further out there is significant open water around the island.“In the past, we have pulled our boats on the ice and went through open water where there are whales, but now, we can’t do either. It’s either too thin or too thick to go through or on it. It’s changed,” stated Edmond. “The winds move the ice more quickly, and it melts just as fast as soon as the wind picks up to 20 or 30 miles an hour.”Edmond Apassingok believes ice conditions like these have made hunting for whale more challenging over the past five years or so.According to the International Whaling Commission regulations, whalers in Gambell have six attempts or strikes for whales left in their catch limit, but Edmond Apassingok noted this whaling season is going by quickly, and the bowheads are already starting to migrate.Karen Trop also contributed to this story.Share this story:last_img read more

Cost of weekly grocery shop falls in July

first_img whatsapp Cost of weekly grocery shop falls in July THE COST of the average weekly grocery shop fell by one per cent in July to £86.11 compared with the previous month, saving customers 73p according to groceries website MySupermarket Tuesday 4 August 2015 5:39 am Express KCS Tags: NULL More From Our Partners ‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Sharelast_img read more

Greek debt crisis: Poll puts Syriza in second place just behind New Democracy for first time since January

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Businesses run the City as Barclays wins the 2015 Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, with appearances from Will Greenwood, Lizzy Yarnold and Michael Bloomberg

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In Pictures: Civic reception for brave victims of Garryhinch bombing

first_imgHome News In Pictures: Civic reception for brave victims of Garryhinch bombing News Cllr. Padraig Fleming ( Cathaoirleach, Laois Co Council ) presenting a framed Certificate and inscribed gift to Det. Garda Ben Thornton Photo: Michael Scully Rugby Sgt. Jim Cannon and Chief Supt. John Scanlan ,at the Civic Reception in County Hall, Portlaoise Photo: Michael Scully Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Community In Pictures: Civic reception for brave victims of Garryhinch bombing Pictured at County Hall, Portlaoise for the Civic Reception for Gardai who recieved Gold Scott Medals, were: Christy O’Dwyer, Ciaran O’Dwyer, Clr. Willie Aird, Tommy Hannon and Mary O;Dwyer. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee. Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Clr. Padraig Fleming ( Cathaoirleach, Laois Co Council ) presenting a framed Certificate and inscribed gift to Garda Gerry Bohan (Gold Scott Medal recipient) , at County Hall, Portlaoise for the Civic Reception in honourof the Laois Gardai Scott Medal recipients. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee. SEE ALSO – ‘All of us have carried the memories and scars of that night to this very day’ says Garda honoured for bravery 41 years after Garryhinch atrocity Gardai who recieved Gold Scott Medals and their family members, at County Hall, Portlaoise for the Civic Reception Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee. Det. Garda Ben Thornton, pictured with Cllr. Catherine Fitzgaeald, at County Hall, Portlaoise Photo: Michael Scully The blast is believed to have been carried out by the IRA. No one has ever been convicted of the bombing.Last December, the group were awarded with a Scott Medal for Bravery at a ceremony in Templemore Garda Training College.The award brought to an end a long campaign for recognition for the men. Gardai who recieved Gold Scott Medals and their family members, at County Hall, Portlaoise for the Civic Reception Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee. Laois Cathaoirleach Pádraig Fleming said: “What these people received was a national honour and this event was to recognise that.“It was a lovely night with the Gardai, their families and representatives.”center_img By Alan Hartnett – 2nd May 2018 Cllr. Padraig Fleming ( Cathaoirleach, Laois Co Council ) presenting a framed Certificate and inscribed gift to Sgt. Jim Cannon Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee. Facebook Gardai who recieved Gold Scott Medals and their family members, at County Hall, Portlaoise for the Civic Reception Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee. The members of An Garda Siochana injured in a bomb attack in Garryhinch 41 years ago have been honoured at a Civic Reception by Laois County Council recently.Jim Cannon, Ben Thornton, Tom Peters, Gerry Bohan and the family of the late Michael Clerkin were honoured for their bravery in the incident which occurred on October 16 1976.The four men suffered serious injuries and their colleague Garda Clerkin was killed in an IRA bomb at a farmhouse at Garryhinch, on the Laois Offaly border.The five garda officers had been lured to the property by terrorists who claimed they were holding the then Laois-Offaly Fine Gael TD Oliver J Flanagan, father of the current Laois Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.When Garda Clerkin entered the building, he detonated a gas cylinder that had been packed with explosives. Pictured at County Hall, Portlaoise for the Civic Reception for Gardai who recieved Gold Scott Medals, were: Anne and John Egan, Michael Moore, Clr. Eddie Fitzpatrick and Penny Moore. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee. Previous articleAll of the latest CCFL fixturesNext articleHuge crowd expected to attend Memorial Match in honour of late Liam Kealy Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Sgt. Jim Cannon and family, pictured with Cllr. Padraig Fleming ( Cathaoirleach ) and John Mulholland ( Chief Executive, Laois Co. Council )Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee. TAGSGarryhinch bomb WhatsApp Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining 1 of 13 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Cllr. Padraig Fleming ( Cathaoirleach, Laois Co Council ) presenting a framed Certificate and inscribed gift to Peter Clerkin ( brother of the late Garda Michael Clerkin Photo: Michael Scully. Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government fundinglast_img read more

Dynamic expands bench strength with new portfolio manager

Simpson, with 17 years of industry experience, is joining Fingold’s team to provide additional expertise on Canadian and global equities, with a focus on dividend paying securities. The addition of Simpson follows the announcement last month of new additions to Dynamic’s fixed income team in Montreal, part of an ongoing process to further increase both the depth and market reach of Dynamic’s investment management capabilities. Before joining Dynamic, Simpson was served as lead manager for Trimark Income Growth Fund at Invesco Canada Ltd. New lead manager for Invesco fund He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishop’s University. Dynamic Funds is a division of Toronto-based GCIC Ltd., which is a subsidiary of DundeeWealth Inc. DundeeWealth Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scotiabank. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Dynamic Funds Tuesday announced the addition of Don Simpson as portfolio manager, effective December 3. Simpson will take on the role of co-manager on both Dynamic Canadian Dividend Fund and Dynamic Global Dividend Fund, working closely with David Fingold, vice president and portfolio manager at Dynamic, who will remain lead manager on the funds. Related news IE Staff NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs Keywords Fund managersCompanies Dynamic Funds Change to Counsel Global Small Cap Fund Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers read more

ODPEM Looks at Climate Change in Rural Coastal Communities

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) have concluded a joint research project, which focussed on climate change awareness and adaptation strategies employed in farming and fishing communities in western Jamaica.The research project titled, ‘Rapid Assessment: Community Climate Change Awareness and Adaptation Strategies Project’, was funded by the Organization of American States (OAS) and conducted by ODPEM and the PIOJ over a four-week period, September to October. It covered four coastal communities in two parishes – Flagaman and Black River in St. Elizabeth, and Darliston and Whitehouse, Westmoreland.At a workshop held Tuesday (November 3) at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, to discuss some of the project’s findings, Mitigation Programme Officer at ODPEM, Karema Aikens-Mitchell, explained that the communities were specifically chosen, due to the extent of farming and fishing activities in those areas, and their recent experiences with natural hazards.The workshop also sought to initiate dialogue among stakeholders on enabling community-based adaptation to climate change, and open discussions regarding mainstreaming climate change in Jamaica.Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Ronald Jackson (centre), in discussions with Director of the Organization of American States (OAS) office in Jamaica, Dr. Joan Neil (left), during a workshop on a joint research project between ODPEM and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) which dealt with climate change awareness and adaptation strategies in farming and fishing communities in western Jamaica. Looking on at right is the Senior Legal Specialist at the OAS, Claudia de Windt. The workshop was held at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston.Mrs. Aikens-Mitchell said that three rapid assessment tools (or participatory learning methodologies) were used to garner information for the project. These comprised a literature review on climate change; information gathered from four focus groups; and surveys conducted in the targeted communities.The Mitigation Programme Officer contended that those assessed were highly aware of climate change and the issues and impacts. She noted that some residents spoke knowledgeably on matters such as: temperature increases and variability in rainfall patterns.Regarding their grasp of the deeper implications of climate change, she revealed that some of the participants went beyond just what it meant, into how it can impact livelihoods, into how improved markets for agriculture can play a role.The study will document the results, highlighting sustainable adaptation strategies for replication in other communities, and noting how the unsustainable ones may be reversed. The results of the study will be used as a guide to develop future climate change awareness programmes, as well as to identify gaps in the provision of environment related data.Director General of ODPEM, Ronald Jackson, in his remarks, noted that Jamaica has been experiencing increased hurricane and tropical storm activities, which have implications for health and agriculture.“What we have had are multiple events over a short period of time, and inclement weather that has also led to significant challenges, challenging people within the community, challenging our farming community who have already had to deal with the cycle of drought under normal circumstances,” he noted.Mr. Jackson said ODPEM felt that the community interventions for climate change-related risk mitigation had to be beyond just dictating to the residents what the issues are.“We felt that there needed to be greater investment in risk mitigation in policy, in particular, and looking at the whole macro-economic processes of dealing with climate change but, more importantly, to engage community persons (to see) how they adapt to these issues and challenges which they now face,” he said.Director of the Sustainable Development Unit at the PIOJ, Claire Bernard, noted that climate change is a development issue, which is why the institute got involved in the project.“We wanted to ensure that the project really was of great relevance to the people of Jamaica, both in terms of helping to understand what people in the communities know and what they are doing, how what they are doing can be replicated in other communities,” she said.Even more important, she said was documenting the findings, so that they provide a body of knowledge to help in advanced planning to deal with the impacts and potential impacts of climate change.Director of the Organization of American States (OAS) office in Jamaica, Dr. Joan Neil, said she was pleased to be associated with the project, which she described as an “excellent, high quality rapid response intervention.”Stakeholders who participated in the workshop included representatives of: The Department of Local Government in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Panos Institute of the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Forestry Department and members of the private sector. 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Almost $10 million for Mackay and Whitsunday Works for Queensland projects

first_imgAlmost $10 million for Mackay and Whitsunday Works for Queensland projects Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning The Honourable Dr Steven MilesCouncils in the Mackay region will receive $9.99 million from the latest round of the Palaszczuk Government’s hugely successful Works for Queensland program as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert welcomed today’s announcement.“This is great news for Mackay and for our region’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mrs Gilbert said.“Another round of Works for Queensland will allow Mackay Regional Council to deliver more jobs and build or upgrade their council infrastructure.“I know that the Mackay region has already put previous rounds of funding to good use with 137 projects being funded through Works for Queensland, delivering 1,438 jobs for locals.“We’ve already seen Works for Queensland deliver upgrades to playgrounds and park through Mackay, as well as a replacement sound system for the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, I’m excited to see how the next round will deliver for Mackay.”Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Steven Miles announced the allocations for the fourth round of the Works for Queensland program.“At the last election we committed to bringing back Works for Queensland for a fourth round and today we’re delivering on that commitment,” the Deputy Premier said.“This is a $200 million pool that will be allocated to councils outside of Queensland’s South East, with the funding improving council infrastructure and delivering local jobs as part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery.“So far, Works for Queensland has created more than 21,000 jobs throughout regional Queensland, helping to drive economic recovery where it’s needed the most.”Local Government Association of Queensland President and Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said Works for Queensland stands as a powerful example of what can be achieved when both levels of government work together to create jobs and improve local communities.“This program’s success comes from its targeted focus on funding projects that can be rolled out quickly to provide opportunities and improved facilities for local communities,” Mayor Jamieson said.“Councils have strongly supported the continuation of Works for Queensland and we welcome the release of this new round of the program at a time when job-creation has never been more important.“We look forward to continuing to work with the Queensland Government to maintain this program into the future.”Eligible projects range from roadworks to town beautification, parks and playground upgrades, renewable energy installations, tourism, water and safety.Project submissions close on 9 April. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, election, Entertainment, Government, infrastructure, Jamieson, Local Government, Mackay, miles, Minister, Palaszczuk, pandemic, President, QLD, Queensland, renewable, renewable energy, Sunshine Coastlast_img read more

Driving digital in NHS

first_imgDriving digital in NHS It’s a pleasure to open today’s session on digital transformation.You’re right that I’m a tech geek, although my personal tech days are behind me.I can code in Cobalt, but these days that is only any use for bringing very old systems up to date.The reason I want to speak today, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity, is because I think we have learned so much in the last year about the advances of the use of technology in the NHS.And we’ve seen the opportunities, so now is a really important moment to push on and drive the agenda forwards.But there’s another absolutely critical thing, which is that we must learn from the pandemic.We must learn from the challenges. We must learn from the successes, like the vaccine roll-out.And we have to put those things into practice because I think we have won a big argument.Those of us who can see and believe in the power of technology to improve people’s lives and improve healthcare have long held that belief, but now it’s commonplace – everyone can see it.So when I talk about interoperability, now I get a very positive response.And when I talk about trying to make the NHS into a digital platform at which everyone can work seamlessly, that gets a positive response not just from people who are themselves techies and personally interested in technology, but now everyone can see it is important.That is at the core of why now is an important moment.In many ways, every day of the last year has been a session of digital transformation because of this shared experience of fighting the virus, and the vital role technology has played in the response.If you think about it, this isn’t just about here.Everywhere around the world, people have been forced to use every weapon at their disposal to stop themselves from being overwhelmed by this virus. And that has opened minds.Thankfully one of the weapons we could call on, because of the work that had been done before the pandemic, was the force of digital technology.This has been a difficult time for us all, but what we have found though is that the power of using the best available technology – and developing new technology quickly has proved its worth.Saving lives and keeping our health and care service standing at a time when it was under unbelievable strain like never before.Let’s think of some examples.Perhaps the one that touches the public most of all is that GP surgeries could keep operating remotely, because of the huge strides that have been made in telemedicine and then were made in the pandemic.Getting iPads into care homes to make sure people could stay in contact with their loved ones.And we built on that digital infrastructure to make sure the testing and then vaccination programmes have been able to operate in a seamless way. And ultimately the data is at the heart of both of those programmes. Testing is merely the discovery of new data.It is about the discovery of information about someone’s COVID status and the data about who has had a vaccine is critical, both to the roll-out and to the future, for instance, of international travel.Opportunities aheadIt’s during these moments of exceptional change that we’ve got to constantly look at what has worked, and what we take forward.And how can we build on this as a moment for digital transformation that turns into a movement.Our whole relationship with technology has been transformed. So far I have talked about that about people within the system and it is very very important that we bring people with us. But this is also true of the public.People who might use an NHS service, say once a year, have been using the COVID-19 app as part of their daily lives.And over 20 million people have downloaded the app – nearly half of all adults – and it gives you a pretty seamless experience.Although in my case one that made sure I had to be at home for another 10 days. But it is important and people have fully engaged with it.We need to build on this engagement, and this interest, from the general public now, so I would urge all those involved to be bold.There are 5 areas that I see as mission critical now, and I want to go into today.1) Digitise more of the NHSFirst, we need to digitise more of the NHS that is not yet digitised.The starring role that healthtech has played in our response was no accident.It comes off the back of the relentless investment in the fundamentals.And the absolute commitment of a group of people across the NHS in the vital work of things that may seem unglamorous.Like improving connectivity so we could keep services running virtually, and making sure we have the infrastructure in place to support millions of consultations that otherwise couldn’t have taken place.I’ve heard from a whole range of frontline colleagues who have welcomed the changes we’ve seen, and the focus they’ve been able to give to patient care as a result.In fact, a BMA survey during the first peak reported 88% of clinicians want to retain our use of technology.And that 82% say we need to retain the reduced paperwork in the long term. And I say amen to both of those.The critical task therefore is to make sure we do not let them down.I’m also aware that nearly half, even as we saw those big numbers welcome this digital transformation, nearly half of those who were surveyed said they were hampered by issues like internet speed and infrastructure.We can’t let the basics get in the way of the life-saving improvements that digital transformation can bring.So we must go forward to get the infrastructure in place.Last year NHSX launched the Digital Aspirant programme, tasked with boosting the procurement, deployment and uptake of technologies.The first wave of the programme helped 27 trusts to boost their digital infrastructure and today I’m delighted to announce that we’re launching our next wave.Thirty more trusts will be starting their journey and becoming a Digital Aspirant.Seven trusts will get up to £6 million over the next 3 years, and the rest will get seed funding to start creating their plans.And of course we’ll be offering further waves of funding in the years ahead.To do this, we’ll focus on all parts of the NHS.It’s very important this is across all parts of the NHS and indeed social care, including mental health and community trusts.Which can feel the benefits of digital transformation just as much as acute trusts.So we’ll keep driving this work across the whole of the health and care sector to make sure everyone has the digital capability they need.And lay down those strong foundations, that’ll put us in a good place for the future.That is the first thing. Making sure everybody can participate and getting the basics right.2) Connecting the systemNext, we need to connect the system so data flows appropriately and freely, and we get the intrinsic benefits that high quality data and interoperability can provide.Bringing together data, that once upon a time would have only existed in silos, was fundamental to the COVID response.One of my lessons from the COVID response is that the pulling together of data that previously had been in silos is absolutely critical.For instance, it helped us to identify those who are most vulnerable to coronavirus and ask them to shield, bringing together evidence from across government to understand who is most vulnerable and needed most support during the lockdowns.It drove our NHS COVID-19 data store, which helped mean we had real-time data to allocate resources and co-ordinate our response.It has powered vital, vital research. And if you think about it the opportunity for the UK here is massive.Because we have one NHS, it meant we were the first country in the world to come up with clinically proven treatments – both the first and second set of treatments developed because of the data available in the NHS.Yet that data architecture for research could be strengthened so much further and there is a lot more to do.We need to fill gaps in interoperability where they exist, especially the link to social care and responsibilities of the NHS.And we must streamline data to simplify the user experience within the NHS.It is no good just focusing on the research end and the exciting frontiers.We have to make it easy for everyone within the NHS to use data to help improve the care that they give.That means if you’re a surgeon, a GP or a district nurse you need to be able to draw information from, or put information into, the same care record in a safe and straightforward way.And for patients, that means people need to be able access the data that, after all, in principle, belongs to them. People need to be able to access their own care data. It is a principle on which we need to build.To make this happen, we’re putting in place Shared Care Records.This will mean patients only need to give their details once, and they’ll be captured in a local record that can be safely seen by those who are caring for them.And every local system will have at least a basic shared record solution in place by September this year.So we can avoid things like repeated questions and duplicated tests that can cause so much frustration, and so we can put patients in control of their data.3) New digital pathwaysThird, we must use technology to transform how care is given, rather than simply digitising pathways from the analogue age.Anybody who has been involved in any digital transformation throughout history will say that what matters is not just the digital transformation, it is transforming the underlying business to take advantage of the opportunities from digital transformation.And we must apply this to the core of the NHS too.Digital technologies are not a bolt-on, or a nice to have.They must be a transforming force, that can help us fundamentally improve by reshaping health and care as we know it.This pandemic has turned traditional models of health and care on their head.Like the face-to-face consultations I talked about earlier, traditionally seen as the best way to treat patients, they became a threat to public health in some circumstances.And so we had to make this radical change to totally reimagine the patient experience.Some of these were temporary changes borne out of necessity, to protect the NHS in its hour of need.But there are also positive steps that showed glimpses of what we can achieve in the future.Take another example, ‘virtual wards’.More than 300,000 pulse oximeters have been issued across England, so patients can measure their own blood oxygen levels at home.This allows them to track their own symptoms and share results with their clinical team quickly and easily.In fact some areas of the country have gone further – West Hertfordshire didn’t just set up a virtual ward, but a virtual hospital. They managed around 1,200 patients at home.This is a fundamental change in approach.Supporting our prevention agenda, and supporting the integration of primary and secondary care, by putting patients in control of their own health and keeping them out of hospital if they don’t need to be there.I want us to be radical about reimagining how care is given, taking on what we’ve learnt.Just a few weeks ago, NHSX published a new procurement framework that allows images to flow from high street opticians to ophthalmology clinics.And we’re working to help primary care clinicians safely share images with specialist dermatologists in secondary care.Both of these are individual projects but they have a broader meaning. They mean quicker and more accurate advice for patients, and they will reduce unnecessary trips to hospital.I want to see more of this big thinking about how we can use technology to fundamentally transform care.We have one big opportunity here and this is because of common practice across the digital field, and the clinical field, that is masked by a different language.The way clinicians think about patient care, they think about patient pathways and care pathways.The way that tech people think about delivering services is they think about the user journey.But if you think about it, these 2 are exactly the same thing.The user journey is the care pathway for a patient.And we should use this fundamental similarity of ways of working to improve the way that the core business of healthcare operates in a digital world.This is about drawing digital transformation into the core business of the NHS.In so doing, we need to question the traditional conceptions of a care pathway, and how care should be delivered.And reimagine them, redesign them and then deliver them in the best optimised way given new technology in all its forms.We will be putting our full support behind the pioneers in ophthalmology who are making this happen.And we will work across all clinical pathways over time, in order to optimise them for digital technology in order to deliver better care.It requires high-quality tech skills, the best use of data and of course deep clinical expertise.And I’m looking forward to working with Stephen Powis and the team at the NHS to make this happen.4) Building for the futureFourth, we must build for the future, not just solutions for the present day.In the heat of a crisis, it can be easy to focus on what’s immediately ahead, and getting things up and running as quickly as possible.And even though our digital teams have worked at unbelievable pace during this pandemic – working on several of the biggest digital infrastructure projects this country has ever seen simultaneously – it’s been brilliant to see how they’ve kept their eyes firmly fixed on the future, and worked according to a series of principles to make sure that what we are building now is also useful for the long term.These principles need to be a constant for anyone who works in the NHS.Like using the NHS number across all services as the citizen identifier.Using the NHS login to create a simple and secure way for people to access NHS services.And giving patients the ability to update their /Public Release. 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