One of Europe’s biggest pathology firms has secured its first NHS contract as the Christie Foundation Trust becomes the latest trust to join up with a private provider to deliver pathology services.
Police and ambulance crews were called to a serious disturbance at Britain’s most high-profile secure mental health hospital - months after staff raised concerns about under-manned wards, it has emerged.
Suffolk commissioners plan to create a single “care co-ordination centre” as part of a contract bundling proposal which could makes outsourcing giant Serco well positioned for the role.
A Clinical Commissioning Group has been told by a High Court judge that its policy on assistive reproduction technique - is “unlawful”.
The NHS has breached the target for 90 per cent of admitted patients to start treatment within 18 weeks for the first time since 2011, the latest figures from NHS England reveal.
Staggering junior doctors’ training rotations could help to prevent the “black Wednesday” phenomenon, medical experts have said.
The number of patients getting an infection while under NHS care is “unacceptably high”, health officials have warned.
Services for people in mental health crisis are to be put under the spotlight this summer with a round of targeted inspections by the Care Quality Commission, HSJ has learned.
Healthcare leaders have criticised the political class for treating the NHS as a “political football” instead of engaging in a meaningful debate about its future.
Britain has fewer hospital beds per head of population than most other European countries, a report has found.
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Pressure is increasing on hospital accident and emergency departments in England because of care failures in Wales, the health secretary has said.
WORKFORCE: A West Midlands mental health trust has boosted staff numbers in response to the Francis report, recent board papers show.
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