The must-read stories and debate in health policy and leadership.

HSJ’s primary care and public health correspondent Jack Serle has launched a new weekly briefing newsletter — you can receive it straight to your inbox by signing up on the HSJ website.

This week he covers the astonishingly rapid shift to remote GP consultations through the covid-19 crisis, and reveals there are plans for a national primary care network service to directly address health inequalities, arguing: “It must make the most of the current climate and ensure this wave of interest and attention on an insidious problem does not go to waste.”

Read the newsletter now.

Peering over the shoulder

Much has changed in recent months so it was kind of Matt Hancock to offer a comfortingly familiar trope for health secretaries by decrying “bureaucracy” and “layers of management peering over staff’s shoulders”, in a keynote speech.

His words on Thursday at the Royal College of Physicians were extremely wide-ranging and covered issues as knotty as staff culture — a nod to the People Plan installment two published today, social care reform, collaboration in the health service, regulation, and innovation.

Yet most observers were struck by the lack of specific action or funded initiatives, as well as Mr H’s exotic litany of analogies.

It’s well worth a read, whether for information or for humour.