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Trust's winter cash withheld until it has 'believable' A&E plan

PERFORMANCE: One of the worst performing areas on the four hour accident and emergency target has seen its “system resilience” money withheld temporarily after failing to devise a “believable” improvement plan.

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A&E emergency admissions at highest ever level

Emergency admissions to accident and emergency departments have hit their highest level since records began, the latest NHS England figures reveal.

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Exclusive: Government set to release more A&E rescue funding

The health service is set to receive a further multimillion pound government bailout aimed at avoiding a politically embarrassing failure of the accident and emergency waiting target during winter

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McKinsey chosen for wide-ranging Dorset clinical services review

Management consultancy McKinsey is set to help Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group review its clinical services after being named the preferred bidder for a £2.75m consultancy contract.

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Steve Field

CQC to inspect whole health systems

The Care Quality Commission will begin inspecting health systems across whole geographical areas from next year, its chief inspector of general practice has said.

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Southampton trust agrees plan to tackle poor waiting times

PERFORMANCE: University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust has agreed a plan improve its accident and emergency waiting time performance, amid commissioner concerns.

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Urgent action taken as Medway A&E remains in 'state of crisis'

PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission is ‘urgently working’ with NHS England and Monitor to make improvements at Medway Maritime Hospital’s accident and emergency department after an unannounced inspection found it ‘remained in a state of crisis with poor clinical leadership’.

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CCG trio face governance probe

STRUCTURE: NHS England has prompted a review into the governance arrangements of three clinical commissioning groups following concerns around accident and emergency performance within the local health economy.

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Second inquest into Stafford Hospital death resumes

A second inquest into the death of a man who died after being treated at Stafford Hospital in 2006 was due to resume in Leicestershire today.

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Exclusive poll: Public approval for government's NHS handling grows

The past three months have seen a strengthening of public approval for the government’s treatment of the NHS, an exclusive HSJ/FTI Consulting poll has found.

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Concern over ambulance queue death

Heartbroken relatives of a grandmother who died while waiting in a queue of ambulances outside a hospital have demanded an apology from health bosses.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Ambulance on the road

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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Clock doctor

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

Does performance reflect the leadership?

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A&E, Emergency services, Emergency

Senior staff cover means earlier discharges

Equal attention should be paid to evening cover as at weekends

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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

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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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