Why does the NHS need to buy new appliances?
A new NHS strategy says it needs to buy more medical appliances to meet demand, but some experts are warning it could be too late.
What is a medical appliance?
A medical appliance is an electronic device used to diagnose or treat a health problem.
Some are used for routine check-ups, while others are used to treat injuries and to treat infections.
What types of medical appliances do the NHS currently buy?
The NHS currently buys about 60,000 medical appliances, or about 20 per cent of the total.
They include: heart monitors and pacemakers