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News on emergency services

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Planning guidance sets out next steps for realising forward view

Health economies seeking to be at the forefront of moving to the new models of care set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View have been given six weeks to submit an expression of interest to NHS England

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New national advisory board to tackle workforce issues

A new national advisory board with a system-wide coordination role for workforce issues is to be created, the NHS planning guidance has revealed.

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Ambulance staff to leave patients waiting at A&E during busy periods

South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust will leave patients waiting to be admitted to accident and emergency departments in order to respond to emergency calls during busy periods.

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Emergency care demand for older people predicted to rise

Emergency admissions among older people are likely to keep rising during the next five years, a Department of Health funded study has found. This is despite ministers’ claims that the better care fund will lead to a reduction in non-elective activity.

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Exclusive: Better care fund investment returns 'wildly unrealistic', analysis finds

One in 10 better care fund plans are predicting a first year return on investment of more than 20 per cent, HSJ analysis has revealed, prompting new suggestions that the financial planning of the fund is ‘wildly unrealistic’.

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NHS England to trial employing pharmacists in A&E

The urgent and emergency care review being led by NHS England will conduct a national pilot in the spring to trial employing pharmacists in an emergency department setting.

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Emergency care fines strengthened to encourage 'radical transformation'

The financial penalty imposed on accident and emergency departments that fail to meet the 95 per cent four hour target has been strengthened to encourage ‘radical transformation’ from struggling NHS providers.

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Exclusive: Service hit by staff 'exodus' after CCG transfers contract to Circle

One of the biggest teaching trusts in England has been forced to axe its once renowned acute dermatology service following an “exodus” of medical consultants following the transfer of their contract to private provider Circle.

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A&Es under 'extreme pressure' as admissions rise

Accident and emergency departments are ‘cracking under extreme pressure’ with the number of patients waiting longer than four hours at a record high.

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'Perfect storm' tips Walsall trust into the red

Walsall Healthcare Trust has instigated an action plan to clear its ‘significant’ waiting list after being hit by a ‘perfect storm’ of IT problems and heightened demand that threatens to push it £9m into the red.

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Dorset's better care fund budget slashed

One of the largest and most ambitious bids to pool health and social care budgets has been scaled back dramatically after the plans were checked by NHS England.

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Investigation of London A&Es follows department closures

PERFORMANCE: A probe into poor accident and emergency services in north west London has been commissioned by four London local authorities following the controversial closure of two departments.

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CQC to inspect Heart of England

PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission is to inspect Heart of England Foundation Trust following concerns about its accident and emergency services and ‘management issues’, HSJ has learned.

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Strict conditions imposed on Medway following multiple inspections

PERFORMANCE: Stringent conditions have been placed on Medway Maritime Hospital following a third CQC inspection of its struggling accident and emergency department.

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Deficit for NHS providers swells to £630m

The NHS provider sector has plunged further into the red, the latest figures from Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority show

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First of new NHS 111 contracts awarded

COMMERCIAL: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has been left “deeply disappointed” after losing out on the contract to provide an integrated NHS 111 and GP out of hours service in Somerset.

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Exclusive: Hinchingbrooke A&E could face axe

The NHS’s only privately run hospital, Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, could lose core services such as its accident and emergency department despite earlier assurances that franchising the hospital would protect it from such a move.

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Exclusive: Delayed transfer rate soars to highest level

The national rate of delayed transfers of care has soared to its highest ever level, threatening the better care fund’s ambition to cut costs by improving the transfer of patients from hospital to other care settings.

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Accident and emergency bailout fund increases to £700m

Hospitals are to receive an extra £300m in government cash in a bid to arrest further decline in A&E performance over the winter

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Bewick: Up-skilled GPs should support emergency and acute services

Emergency and acute services in some areas could increasingly be supported by up-skilled GPs, working across hospital and community settings, NHS England’s deputy medical director has said

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Immigration Act: Implications for GPs and trusts explained

GPs and trusts to enforce Immigration Act

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Solve the A&E puzzle for smarter patient care

People often view hospital as ‘best place’ for treatment

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Out of bed and back home: improving acute elderly care

How new care pathways cut hospital stays

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How London Ambulance is preparing for winter pressures

Intelligent conveyancing helps to spread the load

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Take to the high street for community based eye care

Local treatments takes pressure off budgets

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The NHS gets the A&E demand it deserves

High demand stems from the service’s own offer to patients

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