Health Business 22.05

Lots to do for the new health secretary 

The new health secretary – the third this year – faced criticism almost immediately after her appointment for her views and voting record on abortion.

Then only a week later, Thérèse Coffey angered some in the health service by sending round an email urging staff to be positive and avoid using Oxford commas. There is no doubt Coffey has a lot on her plate already with Covid backlogs and staff shortages. Though she has not been in the role long, it is hoped she will get to work immediately on addressing these problems ahead of what is set to be one of the toughest winters ever for the NHS.

This issue examines the Government Property Strategy and how the NHS can save money on its estate, as well as taking a look at some of the Green Plans in place across the NHS.

We also cover the Women’s Health Strategy and look at some of the problems women face when accessing healthcare.

Finally, the technology section includes a look at the government’s Digital Health and Care Plan and an article on robotic-assisted surgery.

Polly Jones, editor