Bettina Fitt, UK&I General Manager for GE Healthcare introduced the MP, who is also Minister of State for Housing and Local Government, to GE’s operations in the UK and to GE Healthcare.
During the visit the issues that the UK medical technology and health sector is facing were discussed, as was progress of the Government’s proposed health reforms.
In the Hatfield HQ’s demonstration suite, GE Healthcare’s Paul Little explained the benefits to patients and clinical staff of the incubators and critical health monitoring systems on display. Mr Shapps was particularly impressed with the compact size of GE’s Vscan, a portable ultrasound device that can give doctors a view into the body from the palm of their hand. GE Healthcare innovations are aimed at helping the healthcare community deliver better quality care to more people at reduced cost.
Grant Shapps also discussed the current state of the mortgage sector with Duncan Berry, CEO of GE Money Home Lending, which is headquartered in nearby Watford.
The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP said: “I was delighted to see at first hand the range of technologies on display at GE Healthcare’s Hatfield site, in particular the innovative handheld ultrasound technology, Vscan. It was also very insightful talking to a variety of GE Healthcare employees who work hard to develop technologies and solutions which will help us meet some of our healthcare challenges, positively impacting the lives of patients who use our services.”
Bettina Fitt, UK& Ireland GM, GE Healthcare said: “We were very pleased to welcome our local MP Grant Shapps to our UK and Ireland headquarters in Hatfield. Mr Shapps showed a keen interest in innovative technologies from GE and our healthymagination strategy aimed at helping the NHS to deliver better quality healthcare to more people, cost effectively.”
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