The government plans to make the NHS a world leader in medical research with a pledge to invest £100m in innovation and technology.
Health minister Lord Ara Darzi published his interim report on the NHS today (Oct 4) and included a promise to set up a Health Innovation Council to promote new NHS technologies.
The Department of Health said, "As an immediate step to improve innovation in the NHS a new Health Innovation Council will be established, together with a fund of up to £100m to help the NHS develop and deploy hi-tech healthcare such as medical devices and diagnostics."
Lord Darzi said, "I want to see the UK become a world-leader in pharmaceutical and medical technology research and development, so NHS patients have access to the best innovative treatments and services."
He denied the timing of the report's release was designed to win votes ahead of a snap general election.
The announcement is separate from the NHS programme for IT, which is aimed at rehauling the Health Service's IT systems.