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From the Bureau Editor

Monday December 4

It’s been a busy weekend of political promises - Labour has pledged evening and weekend GP walk-in appointments and that AI will analyse every scan in future. The new Health Secretary has been showing her respect for junior doctors while saying she wants to avert a winter crisis. She has also laid out her vision in a DHSC press release - along with a claim that the nurse recruitment programme for 50,000 nurses was ahead of schedule.

In other news, UH Sussex is under fire for a hypocritical email telling staff to whistleblow - this, after the last whistleblowers were sacked.

Angus Wrixon


the briefing


NHS Policy / Performance / Service redesign / £

Govt could miss NHS waiting list target over strikes, says Victoria Atkins saying strikes by doctors and nurses had led to "1.1 million appointments having to be rescheduled" - and that avoiding a crisis was her "number one priority this winter" BBC - there are signs of ‘new relationship’ with striking junior doctors - in markedly different tone from her predecessor, Victoria Atkins tells of her ‘respect’ for junior doctors Guardian

Health and Social Care Secretary sets out priorities for system - Secretary of State aims to make health and social care system faster, simpler and fairer for patients DHSC

The government faces a rebellion with at least 30 Tories backing an amendment to extend interim payouts to more victims of the infected blood scandal - up to 30,000 people were given contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 80s BBC

Hospital discharge funds: experiences in winter 2022–23 Kings Fund

“I love the NHS but…Demos Preventing needless harms by poor communications in the NHS 

Are we there yet? People’s views on how far we have advanced in providing continuous and coordinated care International Foundation for Integrated Care

David Fuller inquiry: phase 1 report - The independent inquiry’s phase 1 report on matters relating to David Fuller’s actions at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust DHSC


Over 50,000 extra nurses in NHS - hitting government target early - It marks the largest ever sustained growth in the NHS nursing workforce, with the expanded workforce delivering hundreds of thousands of extra appointments DHSC


Labour’s Wes Streeting says AI will analyse every hospital scan and GP hubs will offer evening and weekend walk-ins D Tel

Primary care, pharmacy, dentistry, optical, community

Smart prescribing - Harnessing technology in the fight against AMR Reform Scholars

Public Health

Obesity is costing Britain's economy almost £100b a year - the Government's former food tsar calls for ministers to roll out smoking-style restrictions on junk food D Mail


University Hospitals Sussex is under investigation accused of hypocritical email to staff - its CEO urged staff to have courage to raise concerns, despite whistleblowers previously being sacked Guardian

Departing Wigan CEO Silas Nicholls said Greater Manchester has missed important opportunities to rationalise and create joint services during the last eight years, largely due to the enduring legacy of the foundation trust era. He says the system has failed to collaborate on key issues due to a hangover from the ‘clinical arms race’ by its providers HSJ

what the bloggers are blogging

NEW! The Guardian view on the NHS and Palantir: the case for this data deal looks weak

NEW! Improving health and care at scale - Learning from the experience of systems NHS Confed

NEW! The spy-tech firm managing NHS data - Palantir, the US spy-tech firm co-founded by the billionaire Peter Thiel, has won a contract to handle NHS data. It’s a deal that has left privacy advocates such as Cori Crider with serious questions Podcast from Guardian

NHS leaders don't see a light at the end of winter's tunnel - Julian Hartley

Being a staff member and a carer in the NHS: who should care? Kings Fund

Reforming adult social care in England NAO Report states more than a billion pounds of the £1.7 billion committed to reforming the adult social care system in December 2021 has been diverted to other care priorities - Reforming adult social care in England reveals that only £729 million may now be spent between 2022 and 2025 on reforming the adult social care system, representing a 58% fall in the budget.

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