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Acute care

Concern over ambulance queue death

Heartbroken relatives of a grandmother who died while waiting in a queue of ambulances outside a hospital have demanded an apology from health bosses.

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Simon Stevens

Spend the £250m elective fund or lose it, Stevens warns trusts

Trusts could lose their share of the £250m elective fund if they do not perform increased numbers of patient procedures, the chief executive of NHS England has warned.

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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust

Ten trusts seek 'local modification' price hikes – and most are rejected

Only 10 trusts have made use of rules introduced under the government’s health reforms to seek permission to raise their prices above national ‘tariff’ rates - and most of those applications have been rejected.

Ian Dodge

NHS to plan for 'transition' year in 2015-16

The coming financial year will be a ‘transition’ period with few new national requirements so the NHS ‘can focus on core aspects’ such as financial sustainability and waiting time targets, NHS England has indicated.

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Consultation launched on heart surgery standards

NHS England has begun consultation on a new set of standards for congenital heart disease services, in the latest chapter of the long-running debate on the future of children’s cardiac surgery.

Ann Radmore

Strained ambulance service to cut call-outs by 15 per cent

PERFORMANCE: London Ambulance Service Trust has announced it will cut the number of emergency calls that receive an ambulance response by 15 per cent, in response to staff shortages and rising demand.

Deprived mothers 'get worse care' than wealthiest

More needs to be done to help poor women through pregnancy, experts have said, after new research found that they have a worse experience than better-off mothers-to-be.

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18 week waits, July 2014: explore the maps

See all NHS waits around England by provider, CCG or specialty

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BMA calls for next government to tackle lifestyle issues

Alcohol, smoking and poor childhood diets are among public health issues that should be targeted by the next government, doctors have said.

Jane Dacre

RCP joins calls for NHS funding increase

The Royal College of Physicians has warned politicians that a “crisis of care” in NHS hospitals can “only be avoided by a significant increase in health funding”.

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A&E and elective performance stalls

Accident and emergency department performance has deteriorated in recent weeks while planned activity failed to increase in July, according to new data.

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Many boards 'ignore needs of dying'

The needs of dying people and their families are being “ignored” by many local health bodies, two charities have warned.

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'Variations' in mesothelioma care

More needs to be done to ensure people who suffer from asbestos-related cancer are seen by specialist doctors, a new report has suggested.

Andy Burnham

Burnham pledges no more 'rabbit from the hat' NHS policy shifts

Politicians should never again surprise the public with election time policy shifts on the NHS, the shadow health secretary has said

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Robert Naylor

Naylor: The current government did not understand the NHS

The chief executive of one of England’s most high profile trusts has said the government did not understand the NHS when it came to power, and that recent health service reforms have created ‘a bureaucratic monster’.

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Queen's Hospital Romford

Updated: Troubled trust reveals huge waiting list

A huge, previously unreported waiting list of more than 90,000 patients has been revealed by one of England’s most troubled trusts. It comes amid an intense national drive to tackle politically sensitive waiting targets.

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David Oliver

Beware the false solutions to the NHS's challenges

There is a glut of questionable statements being made

East Asian doctor

Upgrade ward rounds to transform care reviews and reduce patient stays

One trusts has pioneered a new approach

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Wake up to the commissioning needs of sleep disorders

Moving some services into primary care risks ‘dumbing down’

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How the CQC’s new hospital inspections measure up

What’s changed, what works and what doesn’t

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