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A&E performance index

Data video: A&E performance 2013-14 analysed

HSJ reporter Sophie Barnes talks about English A&E departments’ performance, with emergency admissions at major A&E units at their highest level in a decade

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CQC to launch crisis care inspections in summer

Services for people in mental health crisis are to be put under the spotlight this summer with a round of targeted inspections by the Care Quality Commission, HSJ has learned.

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Trust agrees to regulatory action on A&E

Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust has agreed to carry out detailed weekly checks on the performance of its accident and emergency department after repeatedly missing national targets.

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Winter pressures monies fund extra admissions

Performance against the four hour accident and emergency target did not improve in 2013-14, despite a huge political focus on the issue, as emergency admissions reached record levels, HSJ analysis has found.

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GPs in NHS 111 call centres would be a 'big mistake'

Mandating GPs in NHS 111 call centres as part of the revised specification for the service would be a “big mistake”, potential providers have told HSJ.

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Cameras for ambulance staff urged

Ambulance crews should carry body-worn CCTV cameras to prevent thousands of ‘disgraceful’ assaults on frontline staff each year, according to a new report.

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Increase in private ambulances causes problems for trust

An increase in the number of private ambulances arriving at Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust’s accident and emergency department has led to “operational difficulties”, the trust has disclosed.

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CQC reports Medway emergency department 'in crisis'

A Care Quality Commission inspection report on the emergency department at Medway Maritime Hospital concluded it was “effectively in a crisis situation”.

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Failing A&E pay incentives urged

Specialist emergency care doctors should be paid more to work in struggling hospitals, MPs have suggested.

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Scottish NHS coping better this winter: Neil

The NHS in Scotland is coping “much better” with winter pressures than it did last year, Scottish health secretary Alex Neil said.

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Six questions about the increase of children in A&E

Andreas Hadjitheoris wants your views on what’s really happening in A&E

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Warning over defibrillator shortage

A shortage of defibrillators - which shock the heart - and a lack of public awareness could be costing thousands of lives every year, research suggests.

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Ambulance 'postcode lottery' costing lives

About 2,500 lives a year are being lost due to a “postcode lottery” in how ambulances respond to heart attack patients, a former service boss has claimed.

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The kids aren't alright: more children are going to A&E than ever before

There are more under-16s in A&E than over-65s

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Ambulance response times worsen

Ambulance response times to 999 calls for patients with life threatening conditions have got worse over the last two years, official figures show.

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Surge in over-90s needing ambulances

The number of very elderly people needing to go to hospital by ambulance has risen 81 per cent since 2009-10, according to new figures.

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Trusts face new emergency department standard

NHS England is looking to develop accident and emergency standards that are “far more meaningful” than the current target of treating, admitting or discharging 95 per cent of patients within four hours, it has been disclosed.

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Drop in attendances at A&E departments

Attendances to accident and emergency departments have fallen over the course of the past year, according to NHS England data.

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Winter pressures and the NHS: the story so far

How the NHS is coping with the winter surge in demand

Trust plans to borrow £36m for A&E expansion

University Hospitals of Leicester Trust plans to borrow up to £36m to fund the expansion of Leicester Royal Infirmary’s accident and emergency department.

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Everything must flow: how emergency care can meet demand

Problems must be fixed throughout the system

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Why the strength of the A&E brand is its Achilles' heel

One way to cope with overloaded emergency care units

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Take urgent care for a test drive

How simulation of new models can resucitate emergency care

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Best of 2013: Acute care

The best practice and key issues in the hospital sector


How Bath developed new thinking on coping with winter pressures

A new approach to seasonal care

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Make a link between mental and physical health services

Liaison psychiatry can help achieve parity between services

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The wisdom of crowds: your views on 24/7 working

We asked for readers’ opinions on making 24/7 working successful

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Seconds out: time to beat the clock in A&E

The A&E crisis can only be solved with a system-wide solution

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