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From the Bureau Editor

Monday April 15

An NHS staff mental health support service partly set up by Dame Clare Gerada faces the axe as part of NHSE spending cuts, a new report from the Lib Dems finds thousands of NHS buildings are in a poor state with many older than the service and KPMG has picked up a £8.5m contract to promote the Federated Data Platform.

Angus Wrixon


the briefing


NHS Performance / Policy / £ / ICSs

More than 2,000 NHS buildings in England older than NHS - research for Lib Dems and health trusts say patient and staff safety being put at risk by poor state of ageing infrastructure Guardian - NHS Providers’ response

NHS performance improvements welcome amid record demand - NHS Confed review

Primary care, pharmacy, dentistry, optical, community 

The Royal College of Physicians has announced an ‘independent review’ into its governance following a contentious meeting on physician associates last month Pulse

GPs are the most likely to experience ‘deep discontent’ practising medicine in the UK, according to a new GMC survey on doctors moving abroad. The survey of more than 3,000 doctors explored the reasons doctors might leave the UK, and found that more than a fifth of GPs are very or fairly likely to move abroad in the next 12 months Pulse


The NHS Practitioner Health programme set to be axed by NHS E: The dedicated mental health and addiction support service for secondary care staff was partly created by Professor Dame Clare Gerada in 2019 - is shutting to new patients as part of cost cutting HSJ NHS Providers’ response

Mental Health

NHS Confederation comments on the Centre for Mental Health briefing on building a mental health workforce for the future 

Public Health

Tobacco firms lobbying MPs to derail smoking phase-out warns Cancer Research UK - tactics include proposals to raise smoking age to avoid outright ban, and exemptions for cigars Guardian


A "gang culture" existed at an NHS neurosurgery department, a doctor has claimed at his employment tribunal. Neurosurgeon Mansoor Foroughi is one of two surgeons who alleges patients were put at risk at University Hospitals Sussex, where police are investigating 105 cases of alleged medical negligence BBC


NHS England has awarded an £8.5m contract to consultancy firm KPMG to “promote the adoption” of the “federated data platform” by trusts and integrated care boards HSJ

what the bloggers are blogging

NEW! The Observer view on the Cass review: children were catastrophically failed by the medical profession 

NEW! Can Wes Streeting’s private sector plans save the NHS? Guardian readers weigh up Labour’s plans to use the private health sector to reduce the NHS backlog

Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2023 - Results of the British Social Attitudes survey   The Kings Fund

Health care funding - Three key questions about funding in England Health Foundation

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