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Ambulance staff to hold two strikes

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trust turnaround

How turning around Northampton Hospital's failures inspired belief in a brighter future

How one failing trust’s turnaround has been sparked by some outside help

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TDA investigates why winter pressures have continued into summer

The NHS Trust Development Authority is undertaking “urgent work” to investigate the “unexpectedly high” demand for acute services that has seen winter pressures continue into the summer.

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Manchester trust calls for suspension of Healthier Together consultation

STRUCTURE: A teaching hospital, whose services are threatened by a major shake up of acute care in Greater Manchester, has called for a ‘flawed’ consultation on the plan to be suspended.

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A&E patients 'will wait longer'

Patients should expect ‘inevitable’ greater waits in accident and emergency departments, two health charities have warned.

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Controversial emergency care payment rules to stay put

There will be no change next year to controversial rules that restrict the payments hospitals receive for emergency admissions and readmissions

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Pricing authorities to tighten grip on specialist service payments

Monitor and NHS England have floated plans to tighten their grip on specialist services pricing while mounting a push for local commissioners to move away from national NHS prices

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Put GP services alongside every emergency department, advise doctors

New guidelines from a host of medical Royal Colleges call for all emergency departments to have co-located out of hours GP services, to help prevent rising demand from overwhelming the urgent care system.

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The urgent care round up: The improvement landscape is changing dramatically

Developments include planned deficits, A&E data and length of stay

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

Does performance reflect the leadership?

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Senior staff cover means earlier discharges

Equal attention should be paid to evening cover as at weekends

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

Make same-day care the default option

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The anatomy of violence

Violence in A&E: the zero tolerance myth

Attacks on staff are causing a recruitment crisis

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Everything must flow: how emergency care can meet demand

Problems must be fixed throughout the system

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