Trusts have been told to try to carry out at least 35 per cent of discharges before midday, in a new NHS England directive aimed at preventing delayed discharges.
NHS England has expanded the scope of its ‘vanguard’ project to trial new care models, to encompass the viability of the entire acute sector.
Jeremy Hunt has praised the benefits of peer review to improve NHS standards, saying it is a better method than top-down targets.
NHS England will ‘test new ways’ of sustaining smaller hospitals, including ‘chains’ running acute services, in its latest vanguard programme launched today by Simon Stevens.
STRUCTURE: Inpatient paediatric services at the former Stafford Hospital site have transferred to the nearby Royal Stoke and Wolverhampton hospitals today.
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The national diagnostic waiting list has grown by more than half in five years, in a further sign of growing demand on hospital services.
Trusts have admitted a ‘record breaking’ number of patients waiting over 18 weeks for treatment, according to the latest data.
Progress on an important strand of NHS England’s new care models ‘vanguard’ project has stalled, meaning work on the ground will not begin until summer at the earliest, HSJ has learned.
WORKFORCE: The chief executive of King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust has announced his resignation with immediate effect.
Monitor’s pricing team are readying themselves to be able to refer rejected tariff proposals for 2015-16 to the Competition and Markets Authority as soon as next month, should the regulator’s board decide to do so.
Schemes to reduce the number of patients with a delayed discharge have been scaled back because commissioners can no longer afford to fund them under current tariff arrangements, trust chief executives have told HSJ.
Clinical leaders are ‘more willing to challenge or ignore diktats and messages from above’ than their managerial colleagues in clinical commissioning groups, research shared exclusively with HSJ has found.
HSJ’s daily digest of Monday’s significant developments for healthcare leaders:
WORKFORCE: Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust has managed to fill four out of five vacant accident and emergency consultant posts after a group of consultants resigned en masse in protest at the way a review of acute services was being handled.
A clutch of clinical commissioning groups ended 2014-15 expecting deficits up to three times higher than planned, even as the majority saw their outlook for the year improved by a funding rebate.
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