By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy


News on emergency services

Ann Radmore

Strained ambulance service to cut call-outs by 15 per cent

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.


First wave integration plans aim low on emergency activity

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.

Comments (2)

Patient on trolley being wheeled through corridor

A&E and elective performance stalls

Accident and emergency department performance has deteriorated in recent weeks while planned activity failed to increase in July, according to new data.

Comments (3)

Solihull hospital

Foundation trust plans to bring in new urgent care provider

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.

Emergency patient

Hospital chiefs urged to tackle A&E crowding

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.

Comments (3)

Clifford Mann

Payment reforms would be a ‘disaster’, warns A&E leader

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

Comments (14)


Concern over ageing ambulance vehicles and workforce

PERFORMANCE: London Ambulance Service Trust has raised concern about the age of its fleet of vehicles and employees, in its latest risk register.

Comments (2)

The York Hospital

Monitor launches investigation into York Teaching Hospital

PERFORMANCE: Monitor has opened an investigation into accident and emergency and cancer referral waiting times at York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust.

Comments (1)

Ambulance staff to hold two strikes

Ambulance workers are to stage fresh strikes in a long-running dispute over working conditions and safety issues.

Comments (1)

Male GP injecting arm of older woman patient

CCGs to retender out of hours contract after legal row

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.

Comments (8)

Emergency, service redesign, A&E

Emergency services face sweeping payment system reform

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.

Comments (11)

Emergency patient

Exclusive: Emergency medic recruitment hits highest ever level

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

Comments (4)


Bradford CCGs back ‘major emergency care centre’ plan

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.

Liverpool Merseyside waterfront

Royal Liverpool challenged over A&E income

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.

Comments (1)

Data, paperless NHS,, information and technology, healthcare data

'Shock' at lack of GP-A&E data link

Many patients are ‘shocked’ that lots of accident and emergency doctors do not have automatic access to their GP records, a poll suggests.

Comments (8)


Labour slams 'too full' hospitals

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.

Comments (3)

Steve Kell

CCGs raise concerns over 'system resilience groups'

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.

Comments (6)

Paramedics bringing in patient on trolley

South Tyneside CCG proposes urgent care hub

COMMERCIAL: An urgent care centre will open at South Tyneside General Hospital next year, under plans drawn up by a clinical commissioning group.


Trusts battle to secure 'specialist' status amid Healthier Together controversy

Battle lines have been drawn between the four acute trusts in Greater Manchester fighting for  ‘specialist hospital’ status in a major citywide reorganisation.

Comments (23)


Shortcomings in ambulance response times

Ambulances in three regions of England are ‘failing’ to get to some of the most critical patients on time, new figures suggest.

Comments (5)

Woman having eye test

Take to the high street for community based eye care

Local treatments takes pressure off budgets

Comments (3)

Doctor applying plaster

The NHS gets the A&E demand it deserves

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

Comments (9)

Clock doctor

Four hours in A&E: what the target tells us about trusts

Does performance reflect the leadership?

Comments (6)

A&E, Emergency services, Emergency

Senior staff cover means earlier discharges

Equal attention should be paid to evening cover as at weekends

Comments (2)

Young boy using an inhaler for treatment of asthma

All in a day's work: the drive for better ambulatory care

Make same-day care the default option

Comments (1)

The anatomy of violence

Violence in A&E: the zero tolerance myth

Attacks on staff are causing a recruitment crisis

Comments (3)


Everything must flow: how emergency care can meet demand

Problems must be fixed throughout the system

Comments (3)

Sign up to get the latest health policy news direct to your inbox