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From the Bureau Editor

Thursday May 26

A fairly quiet health news day today. Monkeybox may have been with us for longer than we think, a trust in the West Midlands may see its ambulance service collapse over the summer if handover delays are not dealt with, and the NHS has performed the world’s first ever double hand transplant for the autoimmune disease scleroderma.

Angus Wrixon Editor

the briefing


Headlining today

Primary care, pharmacy, dentistry, optical, community

White paper to set out plan to attract GPs to deprived areas, hints Javid Pulse

Public Health

Monkeypox: How UK hospitals are tackling the outbreak BBC

Monkeypox may have been circulating in UK for years, scientists say Guardian


Return to work scheme scrapped after just five doctors find jobs HSJ

Safety regulator refused to investigate some NHS staff Covid deaths Guardian


Exclusive: Ambulance service will collapse by August, predicts its nursing director (West Midlands) HSJ

Covid: Family's anger over 92-year-old's hospital care BBC

Mental Health

Schools need urgent funding to tackle child mental health crisis Guardian Letters 

NHS Performance / £ / Policy

Nottingham maternity scandal: Government rejected proposed inquiry chair as ‘too independent,’ claims Jeremy Hunt Indy


‘Total IT failure’ at four hospitals sparks safety concerns HSJ


NHS performs world’s first double hand transplant for scleroderma Guardian

what the bloggers are blogging

Editor’s blog from last week is here.

NEW! The NHS must be more ambitious in combating inequalities faced by disabled staff NHS Providers

NEW! Explaining the health and care system: keeping people and communities at the heart of our new animation King’s Fund

NEW! The Guardian view on children’s social care: a heartbreaking market Guardian Opinion

NEW! When partnerships turn sour: Why leaders need to go back to basics and build relationships from the bottom up NHS Providers

NEW! Patients are failed by the NHS’s blind belief in its own altruism – and no politician can admit it - Charles Moore for the Telegraph

General practice on the brink: how did it get there? Nuffield Trust

Awareness, loneliness and the story of demand for mental health services in the NHS NHS Providers

Adding value: a strategic vision for volunteering in NHS trusts Kings Fund

How can the NHS Staff Survey data help you to meet the core needs of your people? Kings Fund

what's on when

Healthchat with Mark Britnell in conversation about ICSs with Roy Lilley - if you missed it yesterday it and  all are available to watch again here

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