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  • Dr Keith McNeil new chief executive of Addenbrooke’s
  • Hunt prioritises technology revolution over long-term conditions
  • Thousands march against loss of A&E
  • Labour will not oppose all reconfiguration


14.03 Dr Keith McNeil has been confirmed as the new chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. He has been a hospital chief executive in Australia since 2007 and currently leads Metro North Hospital Service in Brisbane. He spent seven years in transplant services in Cambridge earlier in his career and has also served in the Australian army’s special forces.

13.51 Thousands of people marched on Saturday against plans to close the accident and emergency department at Lewisham Hospital in south London. The rally was organised by the “Save Lewisham Hospital Group” and was attended by several thousand people.

13.48 Proposals to transfer some NHS services onto the web to help ease pressure off GP surgeries have been condemned by charities helping people suffering from long-term health conditions. The government announced last week that holding Skype clinics and offering other online services would cut costs by £3bn, as well as provide more accessible care to patients confined to their homes.

13.46 Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has identified a “technology revolution” as one of his top four priorities for the NHS for the first time. Mr Hunt has frequently cited his “four key priorities” since taking over as secretary of state in September. The technology revolution replaces long-term conditions.

10.41am: “We need our leaders to walk the talk because the current gap between their words and actions is not only unhelpful, it is actively damaging.” On HSJ today, Mark Hayes, chief clinical officer at Vale of York CCG writes that to build a sustainable NHS we can no longer ignore the gaps separating the theory of change and improvement and its real implementation.

10.27am: Labour will not have a policy to oppose all service reconfigurations in the run up to the next election, shadow health minister Liz Kendall has said.