THE NHS used adequate paper to go turn a universe 174 times final year, The Sun can reveal.
Some 1.9 billion sheets of paper were bought by a NHS Supply Chain – totalling £8million.
And sales of envelopes were 134 million – value £2.1 million.
But these sum usually paint half of a paper used by a NHS – with organisations shopping a remaining half from other suppliers.
Campaigners pronounced a sum laid unclothed how a NHS stays stranded in a 20th century with a old-fashioned record and IT systems and unprotected a border to that GPs were “stuck on snail mail”.
Last year it was suggested that a towering 8,000 fax machines were still being used by a NHS.
The sum swayed Health Secretary Matt Hancock to announce a anathema on any NHS organization shopping new fax machines, while existent ones will be phased out by subsequent year.
In sum a volume of paper used in a NHS is homogeneous to 690,000 miles, according to inner supervision calculations.
This is homogeneous to cranky a universe 174 times – formed on A4 paper being lined adult lengthways.
James Roberts from a Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “Spending taxpayer money on reams and reams of paper in a NHS simply doesn’t smoke-stack up. Health chiefs need to get with a times and enter a 21st century.
“Technology can make services improved for patients and save a taxpayer millions too. Even elementary things like direct-to-doctor emails can make a universe of difference. When we can book a GP appointment online, there’s no forgive for doctors’ surgeries to be stranded on snail mail.”
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