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Acute care


Monitor: High bed occupancy to blame for worst A&E performance in a decade

The worst accident and emergency performance against the four hour target in more than 10 years was due to hospitals struggling with very high bed occupancy rates, Monitor has concluded.

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Exclusive: DH bailouts rocket to £1.2bn as hospital finances crash

The Department of Health paid out £1.2bn in bailouts in 2014-15, to help more than 50 troubled NHS providers pay wages and creditors, replace aging equipment and cut deficits, HSJ analysis has found.

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Updated: NHS agency controls unveiled, but price cap pushed back

Price caps on the hourly rate the NHS can pay agency nurses may not take effect until December, after regulators received more than 100 responses to a consultation on the controversial plans.

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No more savings can be made, trusts tell regulators

Trusts have told regulators they will not be able to improve their financial positions without affecting frontline services, senior acute trust leaders have told HSJ.

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Exclusive: Royal college exposes widespread rota gaps on paediatric wards

More than one in 10 hospital rotas for paediatricians in the UK have vacancies, with some hospitals seeing vacancies of almost a quarter in specialist units.

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Exclusive: Leading FTs lay groundwork for hospital chains

Three of England’s most well respected foundation trusts are working on a partnership through which they can lay the groundwork to build and run hospital chains, HSJ has learned.

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Outside scrutiny has become ‘unforgiving’, warns longest serving NHS chief

The NHS’s longest serving chief executive, who has just marked 50 years in the service, says regulation and unreasonable expectations are making senior leaders’ roles more difficult than at any other point in his career.

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NHS staff to face new sanctions under ‘Sunshine rule’

NHS staff who fail to disclose payments and hospitality received from drug suppliers and medical device makers will be sanctioned under new regulation, health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

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Exclusive: Vanguards urged to quickly become ‘battering ram of change’

The urgent and emergency care vanguards are the ‘battering ram of change’ and should quickly test new ideas to be replicated nationally, the director of NHS England’s new care models programme has said.

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National officials tell hospitals seven day service priorities

Hospitals have been told by national officials to focus on improving access to medical consultants and diagnostic services as part of efforts to improve care for NHS patients at weekends.

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Exclusive: CQC to review care for newborns following baby’s death

A national review of the quality of care for seriously ill children is being launched by the Care Quality Commission following the death of a baby more than a decade ago.

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18 week waits, June 2015: explore the maps

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

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Surrey merger 'provisionally cleared' by CMA

The proposed merger between Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust has been ‘provisionally cleared’ by the Competition and Markets Authority.

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CQC finds poorly staffed wards at Wirral hospital

PERFORMANCE: Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust has been told it must make improvements after the CQC identified patient safety concerns.

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Demand for elective care highest in seven years

The number of patients waiting to start treatment has hit the highest point in seven years, according to the latest data from NHS England.

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Exclusive: NHS Employers lobbies Home Office over immigration rules

Nurses recruited from outside the EU are having their visa applications to work in the NHS rejected and new immigration rules are prompting some NHS nurses to resign, HSJ has been told.

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Paperless NHS: How to transform hospital IT

How to deliver better hospital IT systems

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