New Statesman appoints new culture editor and arts editor

Tom Gatti and Kate Mossman to join the <em>NS</em> culture desk.

The New Statesman is delighted to announce that it has appointed a new Culture Editor. Tom Gatti, who currently edits the Saturday Review section of the Times, will join the magazine in the autumn. Gatti has been at the Times since 2003, and is currently in charge of its 56-page weekly culture supplement. He also hosts events, plans special issues and curates the supplement's digital content. 

Kate Mossman, the NS pop critic, will also be joining the magazine on 22 July as Arts Editor, to provide maternity leave cover for Features Editor Sophie Elmhirst. Mossman is a widely published music writer and a former editor on The Word. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, the World Service and Five Live, and has appeared as a music and film critic on TV from Late Review to various Sky Arts series.

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The big problem for the NHS? Local government cuts

Even a U-Turn on planned cuts to the service itself will still leave the NHS under heavy pressure. 

38Degrees has uncovered a series of grisly plans for the NHS over the coming years. Among the highlights: severe cuts to frontline services at the Midland Metropolitan Hospital, including but limited to the closure of its Accident and Emergency department. Elsewhere, one of three hospitals in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are to be shuttered, while there will be cuts to acute services in Suffolk and North East Essex.

These cuts come despite an additional £8bn annual cash injection into the NHS, characterised as the bare minimum needed by Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England.

The cuts are outlined in draft sustainability and transformation plans (STP) that will be approved in October before kicking off a period of wider consultation.

The problem for the NHS is twofold: although its funding remains ringfenced, healthcare inflation means that in reality, the health service requires above-inflation increases to stand still. But the second, bigger problem aren’t cuts to the NHS but to the rest of government spending, particularly local government cuts.

That has seen more pressure on hospital beds as outpatients who require further non-emergency care have nowhere to go, increasing lifestyle problems as cash-strapped councils either close or increase prices at subsidised local authority gyms, build on green space to make the best out of Britain’s booming property market, and cut other corners to manage the growing backlog of devolved cuts.

All of which means even a bigger supply of cash for the NHS than the £8bn promised at the last election – even the bonanza pledged by Vote Leave in the referendum, in fact – will still find itself disappearing down the cracks left by cuts elsewhere. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.