Having to pay for web access in hospital literally adds insult to injury. David Crookes looks at government plans for free Wi-Fi in all hospitals
Free Wi-Fi? What sort of sweet pill is that?
A very good one, we’d say. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has made plenty of enemies within the NHS but his proposal to provide free Wi-Fi in all health-service buildings has been widely welcomed. It was one of a number of ideas put forward to the National Information Board in a government-commissioned report by Martha Lane Fox, the co-founder of Lastminute.com and now Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho. Mr Hunt said that: “Everyone using the NHS expects it to be a world leader in digital healthcare and free Wi-Fi is an essential part of making that a reality”.