The National Health Service (NHS) said it will allow all those who are over the age of 55 to log in to its networks using mobile phones.
The announcement came in the wake of a report last month that a new system was in place for older people to log into their NHS trusts without having to go to a separate password desk.NHS chiefs said that it would allow people aged over 55 to access the NHS using their mobile phone or tablet.
It is the first time the NHS has allowed mobile phones in-house to allow older people access to the NHS.
The move comes as the number of people accessing the NHS through the National Health Care Network has risen sharply, according to figures released on Friday.
The figure for November 2017 was 14.6 million people, an increase of 12.3% on the same month last year.
The figures showed that of those who have access to healthcare through NHS services, the number is increasing at an average rate of 14.3%.
That figure is up from 14.2% in the same period in 2016.
However, the figures showed the NHS was struggling to cope with the increase in the number accessing services through mobile phones, with the average age of an individual accessing NHS services has increased by five years.
It also revealed that the number receiving care from NHS providers increased by a further 1,000, with more than 9,000 people receiving care through a mobile phone.
More:NHS chief executive Simon Stevens said: “As the number and use of mobile phones continues to grow, the NHS is seeing an increase in older people accessing healthcare through our networks.”
The increase in mobile users and the ageing population of the UK means that our networks are stretched and we need to be sure that we have the right people in place to support our care and support systems.”NHS Trusts and providers are working closely with the NCC to ensure that we can meet their needs for healthcare workers, nurses, and support staff.”
It is vital that we continue to build our network to support the delivery of quality healthcare to those who need it.
“This includes providing the best care possible, with no barriers to access for older and disabled people, as well as supporting those who require more support for support-related tasks such as eating, bathing and dressing.”
More:Healthcare experts have warned that people over the older age of 60 who use mobile phones are more likely to be in the system than those who don’t, because they may not have access for physical care, while some older people may also be in need of physical help.
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