Connect us all, all the time

Invest a fraction of the capital cost of HS2 and provide everyone over 60 with a 4G (later 5G) mobile phone and a basic monthly contract (free), customised for simplicity and ease of use.

Revolutionise healthcare provision (emergency contact, repeat prescriptions, GP interaction, appointment bookings), mental health (loneliness and isolation) and security (location, emergency calls).

The infrastructure is (largely) in place. The design of really simple systems (simple to ensure efficiency, not because older people need it) would require real innovation of a high quality. 

Why the contribution is important

An ageing population poses increasingly heavy demands on the state. Health, isolation and security could all benefit from simple, always on, mobile communication, with its entire user population. More efficient use of staff time available in the public sector would, alone, justify the investment in alleviating current pressures and would create capacity in services for a future which we know is going to see demand increase.

In comparison to massive transport infrastructure projects this would be cheap (compared to, say, the £55 billion of HS2) and could be implemented quickly.

 

by michaelweedon on May 22, 2018 at 09:48AM

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  • Posted by GraemeHodgson May 22, 2018 at 13:44

    On behalf of Anglia Ruskin University's Positive Ageing Research Institute (www.anglia.ac.uk/pari) I fully agree with the proposal above as many solutions that enhance and prolong quality of life, enabling independence and autonomy of older adults in their own homes, would benefit from free wifi access.
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