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Election 2017: Care.delayed

After Theresa May announced a snap general election last week, HSJ predicted that purdah would delay a number of important decisions, policies and service changes.

We reported on the first concrete example on Tuesday, with the government’s long awaited response to the third Caldicott review being pushed back until after 8 June – further delaying plans for a new NHS national data collection scheme. Dame Fiona Caldicott’s review, published in July 2016, included a wide range of recommendations on improving NHS data security. It also recommended a new system for honouring the wishes of patients that did not want their data used beyond direct care.

The much delayed government response is required before the NHS can progress with elements of a new national data collection and distribution scheme, parts of which have already been pushed back several times.

The system would replace elements of the Care.data programme that was closed last year, following Dame Fiona’s report and persistent criticism from privacy campaigners and patient groups.

Naylor review II

Five land redevelopments on NHS property in London are worth more than £1bn each, Sir Robert Naylor revealed on Tuesday.

The former University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust chief executive was commissioned by the Department of Health last year to produce a review on the opportunities across the NHS estate.

The main report, released last month, accompanied work by his team looking specifically at London, where the majority of the opportunities are.

The London report has not been released for commercial confidentiality reasons, but Sir Robert said at a King’s Fund event there were 16 potential schemes in London, including five each with a value of more than £1bn.