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From the Bureau Editor

Tuesday November 12, 2019

As we go to press, adult social care is under the spotlight on BBC Radio’s flagship news programme, Today. Is it working? No, not really. Can we fix it? Yes – with lots more money. £6 billion has been pledged by Labour. The Conservatives refuse to be drawn on exactly how much it will cost to fulfil Johnson’s promise to “fix social care” until their manifesto is published… We await with baited breath.

Angus Wrixon

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the briefing

Headlining today, Tuesday November 12


Health Foundation’s response to Conservatives’ promise of more GPs – we’ve got to be realistic! Health Foundation

More fact checking from Guardian

NHS in focus – audio discussion from Guardian’s Sarah Boseley and Denis Campbell Guardian

Election – King’s Fund’s position, views and analysis of all those election promises made for health and social care King’s Fund

General practice

English GP leaders are calling for a removal of home visits from the core contract work because GPs no longer have the capacity to carry them out Pulse and Independent


Chief People Officer, Prerana Issar calls for an overhaul of professional misconduct rules saying there was an “appetite” for a common framework on handling concerns about NHS staff HSJ


Childhood pneumonia increase by 505 in ten years Guardian


Selling on debt: King’s College Hospital is owed over £4m from overseas patients – and is now considering selling the debt to professional recovery firms HSJ

Medway FT’s death rates for frail patients admitted at weekend causing concern - lack of community “wrap around” services may be a cause HSJ


what the bloggers are blogging

NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery responds to the report commissioned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and points to NHSP’s own report, Mental health services: addressing the care deficit,

How Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT improved their CQC rating by encouraging staff innovation NHS P
Letter from America – Mary O’Hara’s experience of the US health system vs the NHS Guardian

The NHS needs more cash – but also a major overhaul. Opinion piece by Simon Jenkins Guardian

Is the NHS really up for sale? BBC's Hugh Pym explains BBC

A new PCN Clinical Director - the rewards and the challenges: A new podcast from Ockham Health

the agenda

As the NHS becomes more of a political football, this is a useful fact checker from the BBC

Health and Social Care Select Committee – how should NHS capital requirements be met? See the recording here Parliament TV

Attracting supporting and retaining doctors a must to meet healthcare challenges GMC publishes State of Medical Education and Practice in UK GMC and NHS Providers’ response NHSP

Who knows the impact of Brexit? Why the ONS projections are not predictions ONS

Letter from Keith Willett to chair of the Public Accounts Committee about supplying the health and social care sectors in the event of no-deal Brexit Parliament

Upgrade screening services - the full list of recommendations NHS

King’s Fund’s Essential Guide to Commissioning King’s Fund

New pharmacy contract - excellent digest in P3 Magazine


what's on when

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

Nov 13 – Online: This Health Foundation event brings together Q members from across the UK to learn, share and collaborate on a range of health care improvement topics Details here

Dec 2 - 5pm: Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research & Economics at the Health Foundation, will give an exclusive webinar to IHM members. Details and book here

Monday 9 December  5.30-8pm King’s Fund: Healthchat with Prerana Issar, NHS England’s Chief People Officer Details and booking here

Tuesday 10 December 5.30-7.30pm Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne: Dame Jackie Daniel, CEO of Newcastle Hospitalsdetails and booking here



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