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The application of electron beam welding in producing medical technology could be completely different in years to come, as tech is poised and ready to really revolutionise the healthcare sector. From robotics with the ability to perform the most precise surgeries to quick diagnostic systems, the future of medicine is an exciting space for technology.

However, the future of medical care may also involve more apps, if incoming health secretary Matt Hancock has anything to do with it. Taking over from Jeremy Hunt just this month, he told BBC’s Newsbeat that there was ‘loads to do’ when it came to the NHS adopting new technology such as apps.

Matt Hancock launched his own app in his previous role as an MP and Culture Secretary, so that he could better communicate with his constituents, however, it came under fire for some privacy flaws. He described getting the government to engage with new digital technology as a personal passion.

His comments also were not well received by opposition politicians and frontline NHS staff, who criticised funding issues which meant that current technology, such as computer desktops, don’t work properly and need upgrading.

Labour critics said that proper funding needs to be in place to make new technology, such as apps, fair and accessible by everyone: "The Conservative government has made big cuts to some NHS budgets like capital funding, which has meant the NHS just hasn't been able to take advantage of new technologies."

Matt Hancock was speaking at the launch of a new scheme looking to place hundreds of newly trained mental health staff around schools and colleges in the UK.
Sutherland, on the north coast of Scotland, is set to be the site for the UK’s first spaceport. The project was announced by the UK Space Agency, which is committing £2.5 million of funding towards the development of a vertical launch pad here.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is leading the project and the aim is to have the first launches from the location as early as the 2020s, the BBC reported.

The government agency is also looking into potential sites for a horizontal launch pad, with Cornwall, Glasgow Prestwick and Snowdonia the locations aiming to develop such facilities. A further grant of £2 million was also announced to further horizontal spaceport development across Britain.

Greg Clark, business secretary, commented: “The UK’s thriving space industry, research community and aerospace supply chain put the UK in a leading position to develop both vertical and horizontal launch sites.”

Secretary of state for Scotland David Mundell added that this project in Sutherland will create hundreds of jobs and boost the region’s economy.

The BBC noted that American aerospace firm Lockheed Martin will be part of a consortium of aerospace experts working closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise on the project.

According to the news provider, one of the reasons why this development is possible in the UK is because a number of firms in the country have pioneered the launch of small satellites.

Having a spaceport is a big step that would put these businesses at the forefront of the industry because they would be able to offer a full package of services, from the design and build of a satellite to its launch.

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