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Increased funding and more beds may not be the solution to capacity pressures in mental health services, according to Lord Crisp who is heading up a new inquiry into the sector.
The foundation trust sector finished last calendar year with a deficit five times higher than planned, in the latest sign of the ‘exceptional pressure’ the NHS is under.
A number of acute trusts are considering launching an official complaint against their local clinical commissioning groups because of the way in which they have spent money designed to reduce emergency admissions.
Five accident and emergency consultants have resigned from a troubled West Midlands acute trust across two hospitals, including all four consultants from one department.
An ambulance trust chief executive has warned that the lack of a national funding scheme for training paramedics could only exacerbate workforce shortages if it is not tackled.
A West Midlands paramedic has been handed an eight month suspended sentence after failing to examine and start resuscitation on a man who collapsed outside a hospital emergency department.
2015 is set to be a turbulent year for the hospital sector, especially as the NHS looks likely to be the battleground for the election. Richard Vize speaks to trust chief executives about their plan of attack
Surgical services and procedures requiring overnight inpatient stays have been transferred from the former Stafford Hospital to Royal Stoke University Hospital and Royal Wolverhampton Trust.
FINANCE: Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust has formally challenged a decision by its main commissioner to impose financial penalties worth a total of £2m this year.
PERFORMANCE: Whipps Cross Hospital in east London breached mixed sex accommodation guidelines 14 times in just one month as it grappled with high numbers of emergency admissions and bed shortages, according to commissioners.
Trusts will be given an extra £1.2m to fund 700 volunteers to help ease pressures on accident and emergency departments.
Emergency patients at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust who are in need of specialist dermatology treatment could be forced to wait more than a day to be seen, HSJ has learned.
CAPITAL SCHEMES: Building work costing more than £580,000 has begun on Lincoln County Hospital’s outpatient department following investment from United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.
FINANCE: The predicted year-end deficit of one of Britain’s biggest hospital trusts has more than doubled.
Higher patient mortality at weekends needs to be tackled but proposals for seven day working must be ‘sensible and realistic’, the chair of the British Medical Association consultants committee has told HSJ.
University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust was responsible for 65 per cent of the patients in England waiting over 12 hours to be admitted from accident and emergency departments in January, according to NHS England figures.
Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust’s accident and emergency department has been rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission.
The numbers of qualified nursing staff recruited by the NHS in England has reached record levels, with numbers increasing by more than 3,000 in a single month.
Fines levied on hospitals for missing the accident and emergency waiting target could increase by more than 35 per cent under new rules proposed for the coming financial year, HSJ analysis has found.
Ministers across government are focusing on attempting to cut the rate of delayed transfers of care in a renewed effort to improve accident and emergency performance ahead of the general election.
Reducing unnecessary accident and emergency attendances
Change can be lasting
We have compiled a selection of our best commissioning, innovation and leadership articles over the past year, looking at the pressures facing emergency care and how organisations are dealing with it.
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