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Acute care

Nurse treating patient

Exclusive: Four out of five hospitals miss own nurse staffing targets

More than four out of five acute hospitals in England are failing to meet their own targets for nurse staffing, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Surgery theatre

Royal college: Changing surgical pathways could save money and lives

Hospitals could reduce length of stay and improve patient outcomes if they reimagine the way more than 10 million patients a year undergo surgery in the NHS, HSJ has been told.

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Analysis: CQC hospital ratings could swing 'must win' election battles

The general election could be decided by Care Quality Commission ratings of seven hospital trusts, analysis by HSJ reveals.

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Hospital Clock

Hunt: Seven day NHS may be cheapest way to meet rising demand

The Conservatives’ plan to extend weekend working would help the NHS meet rising demand for operations, rather than being an additional cost pressure, the health secretary has argued.

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Person signing contract

Exclusive: Trusts received contract offers on deadline day

Some contracts for 2015-16 remain unsigned two weeks after the deadline as some trusts only received their offers on the day they were meant to be signed, HSJ has been told.

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Nurse and mentor

'No improvement over safe staffing', nurse survey suggests

Almost two thirds of nursing staff who have experienced a ‘red flag’ event while working on an acute adult inpatient ward have failed to see nurse numbers immediately increased to deal with the situation, according to a major survey of NHS staffing levels.

Tyne Bridge

North East CCG forecasts £6m deficit

FINANCE: North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group has forecast a £6.4m deficit for the 2014-15 financial year, its chair has said.

Blood pathology

Exclusive: NHS owned pathology joint venture expects £4.5m loss

A pathology joint venture owned by six NHS trusts is forecasting a £4.5m deficit for its first year of operation, HSJ has learned.

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UK map

18 week waits, February 2015: explore the maps

See all NHS waiting lists around England by provider, CCG or specialty

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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Doctor accountability helps trust bring down sepsis mortality

QUALITY: One of England’s largest teaching hospitals has achieved a dramatic turnaround in the care and survival of patients with sepsis after developing a tool to hold individual clinicians to account for their care.

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University Hospitals Birmingham FT

Trusts reach key waiting target despite winter pressures

Trusts have managed to meet a high profile waiting time target just weeks before the general election.


GMC to review decision making in Dame Barbara Hakin investigation

The General Medical Council is to review a decision made during its investigation into complaints against NHS England national director Dame Barbara Hakin.

Snowy UK street

Winter A&E analysis: More ambulance queues and cancelled operations

Ambulance handover delays, cancelled elective operations and delayed transfers of care all saw huge increases this winter, in what has been the most difficult year for accident and emergency departments in a decade.

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St George’s Hospital

New foundation trust slips £10m into the red

FINANCE: St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust has seen a steep decline in its finances and is expecting to report a £10m deficit for 2014-15.

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Princess Royal Hospital, Bromley, South London Healthcare NHS Trust

Monitor tells London trust to reduce waits and improve finances

PERFORMANCE: King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust has been told to reduce waiting times and make improvements to its finances, following an investigation by Monitor.

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Critical care nurse

Exclusive: 26 trusts responsible for half of national A&E target breach

Twenty-six hospital trusts are responsible for half of the national growth in patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Hit or miss: Lessons from the best and worst A&E performers

The overall picture shows some economies excelled, others struggled

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Sadie Hernandez

The three things keeping NHS commissioners awake at night

What gives commissioners sleepless nights?

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Shaking hands

Reach out to GPs and social care to create provider led solutions

Making the move to capitated outcomes based commissioning

Unleash workforce creativity with staff engagement building blocks

The King’s Fund proposes ways to build confidence among the workforce to lead on safety

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