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From the Bureau Editor

Tuesday January 31

Reviews of the NHS recovery plan are guarded, most commentators pointing out that more beds and ambulances need to be staffed. In other news, a new report suggests that obesity levels are linked to lower productivity, NHS 111 is to more retired clinicians and the BMA’s ratecard for doctors in training has been branded unaffordable.

Angus Wrixon Editor

the briefing


NHS Performance / £ / Policy

That plan in full DHSC - and a less than enthusiastic response from the D Mail - but more supportive from NHS Providers

Hospitals in England cancel 88,000 appointments in seven weeks due to strikes Guardian

Higher obesity levels linked to lower productivity in England - report by former government adviser says plan needed to tackle obesity, thought to cost UK economy £27bn a year Guardian 

NHS England sets new elective targets for each ICS for 2023-24, ranging from 3 per cent to 14 per cent above pre-pandemic levels HSJ

Trusts ‘coping better with strikes’ and on track to eliminate 78-week waits, says NHSE’s Paul Doyle,  programme director for elective recovery NHS


NHS 111 to hire more retired doctors and allow more staff to work from home D Mail

BMA proposes “unaffordable” £150/hour rate card for doctors in training HSJ

The NHS plan to increase the capacity of urgent and emergency care services has been criticised by nursing leaders for failing to address the workforce crisis Nursing Times


NHS England reveals a new intervention regime for worst A&E performers - systems will be placed in three “tiers of intervention”, with those systems deemed “off-target on delivery” being given “tier three intensive support” from NHSE, which will include on-the-ground planning, analytical and delivery capacity, “buddying” with leading systems and “targeted executive leadership” HSJ

Primary care, pharmacy, dentistry, optical, community 

‘GPs on the cheap’? Pharmacists must not be seen as GP substitutes, says RCGP C+D

One in four cannot even get a GP appointment - ONS data D Mail

what the bloggers are blogging

NEW! Tell it to the birds - Editor's blog 

NEW! Keir Starmer’s private prescription for the NHS is dangerous Guardian

NEW! Mark my words: this will be the end of the NHS if the Tories have their way Gordon Brown

Don’t panic when Starmer refers to NHS ‘reform’. He is thwarting Tory moves to destroy it - Polly Toynbee

Wes Streeting’s plan to turn GPs into salaried NHS staff is misguided Guardian

Crisis of health service resilience is years in the making - Nuffield’s Sarah Scobie responds to the latest monthly NHS performance statistics.

what's on when

NEW! Tues 7 Feb 11.30-1.30: Healthchat with Professor Ian Abbs - Chief Executive of Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust Details here

NEW! Thursday March 2 -17.15-18.15: Healthchat: Roy Lilley in tripartite conversation with Angela Hillery, Ann Marr and David Loughton Details here

For more information about regional hubs and IHM membership, please look here

The full list of IHSCM's upcoming events can be found here

If you missed any, they are all are available to watch again here

Quality Improvement in Digital Consultations - a new certified course for clinicians, pharmacists and their teams: As online consultations become firmly embedded in practice management, it’s important to be fully conversant with all the data, legal, governance, technical and humanistic competencies required to ensure you are delivering an optimal consultation and meeting patients’ needs. Details about a bespoke, certified online course for clinicians and pharmacists (and their management teams) to support the improvement of skills and competencies in digital consultations here

Life Sciences Academy: Details for all events are here



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