More than 1,200 fax machines are in use by NHS Scotland, prompting calls for health boards to ditch outdated technology.
Data released under freedom of information reveals that Scottish hospitals are still heavily relying on a mode of communication that had its heyday in the 1980s.
They have been urged to join the digital revolution to save money and be kinder to the environment by reducing paper waste.
“With all the technical advances at our fingertips it is astounding that health authorities are still using ancient technology such as fax machines,” said David Stewart, Scottish Labour’s shadow health spokesman, who has gathered the data.
“The NHS is way behind other organisations and private companies which scrapped fax machines more than a decade ago. I am…