Budgets for the NHS are nowhere near where they need to be, and it’s possible that things might become even tighter in the future. One of the knock-on effects of this is that when essential equipment is purchased – if it is purchased at all – there won’t be enough left in the pot for proper calibration and testing. It goes without saying that the end results could be disastrous. That’s why we need to keep this issue in mind as we move towards tomorrow.

Similarities with the NHS Cyber Attack

Parallels can be found in a recent WannaCry ransomware attack, about which warnings were provided over a year in advance but not properly headed – with devastating consequences. It has also been revealed that the disruption to the NHS was much larger than previously thought. Could we be sitting on a similar ticking time bomb in terms of equipment testing?

The Time is Now

The NHS is a vital service that has to be protected if we are to thrive as a healthy society. This protection needs to extend to the use of EMC, wireless and similar testing equipment. In this way we can ensure that the costly systems on which our labs rely will be functioning correctly when we need them. Just some of the absolutely vital NHS Pathology functions that could benefit from more stringent equipment testing include:

  • Screening for diseases
  • Checking for potential health risks
  • Diagnosing conditions
  • Monitoring health

But how can we ensure that we’re choosing the right testing equipment?

Up to Standard

The benchmark is ISO certification when it comes to quality management, and this really should be adhered to by any supplier. Experience should also be taken into account, in that this is ultimately what will determine if a supplier is able to provide the correct equipment. In terms of costs, it can often be beneficial to hire testing equipment, which is a service offered by leading testing equipment company MCS. This way service levels can be maintained while budgets are stretched.

An Investment in the Future

Testing equipment, whether bought or hired, can provide the reassurance that patients and medical professionals need. In our already beleaguered NHS this could make all the difference between success and failure.

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