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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.
Four of the first five better care fund plans to receive official approval are all aiming for less than the ‘expected minimum target’ of a 3.5 per cent reduction in emergency admissions.
Accident and emergency department performance has deteriorated in recent weeks while planned activity failed to increase in July, according to new data.
COMMERCIAL: Heart of England Foundation Trust is partnering with a local commissioner to find a new provider to run the front door of one of its hospitals.
Up to half a million patients could be put at risk every year as hospitals struggle to admit patients to hospital wards from bursting A&E departments, the College of Emergency Medicine has warned.
Proposals by NHS England and Monitor for reform of the urgent and emergency care payment system would be a ‘disaster’ for emergency departments, the president of the College of Emergency Medicine has said
PERFORMANCE: London Ambulance Service Trust has raised concern about the age of its fleet of vehicles and employees, in its latest risk register.
PERFORMANCE: Monitor has opened an investigation into accident and emergency and cancer referral waiting times at York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust.
Ambulance workers are to stage fresh strikes in a long-running dispute over working conditions and safety issues.
Four clinical commissioning groups in north east England have scrapped a near complete procurement process for their GP out of hours services after a legal challenge by one of the bidders.
NHS England and Monitor have floated proposals for sweeping reform of the payment systems for emergency healthcare, to help bring about the changes envisaged by the Keogh review of urgent and emergency care.
The number of trainee doctors recruited to work in England’s A&E departments has increased to its highest ever level, Health Education England has revealed
A plan to base a major emergency care centre at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust has been backed by clinical commissioning groups in and around the city.
FINANCE: Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group has launched an investigation into a “significant increase” in the cost of accident and emergency at one of the city’s major hospitals.
Many patients are ‘shocked’ that lots of accident and emergency doctors do not have automatic access to their GP records, a poll suggests.
Hundreds of thousands of patients in need of emergency care are being left at the doors of accident and emergency in ambulances because hospitals are too full, Labour has said.
Clinical commissioning groups have become concerned about the burden of being involved with ‘system resilience groups’, which are expected to oversee efforts to clear waiting lists and ease winter pressures.
COMMERCIAL: An urgent care centre will open at South Tyneside General Hospital next year, under plans drawn up by a clinical commissioning group.
Battle lines have been drawn between the four acute trusts in Greater Manchester fighting for ‘specialist hospital’ status in a major citywide reorganisation.
Ambulances in three regions of England are ‘failing’ to get to some of the most critical patients on time, new figures suggest.
Demand changes it
Local treatments takes pressure off budgets
High demand stems from the service’s own offer to patients
Does performance reflect the leadership?
Equal attention should be paid to evening cover as at weekends
Make same-day care the default option
Attacks on staff are causing a recruitment crisis
Problems must be fixed throughout the system