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News on emergency services

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Number of NHS nursing staff hits record levels

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.

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HSJ analysis: Fines for breaching A&E target could rise by over a third

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.

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Cabinet ministers focus on delayed transfers ahead of election

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.

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NHS 111 would be handed over to ambulance services under Labour

Ambulance services would take over the running of the non-emergency 111 telephone service under a Labour government, Andy Burnham has revealed.

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£240m technology fund raided to prop up A&E, sources say

The government has raided a £240m NHS technology fund to bolster financial support for hospitals struggling with accident and emergency demand this winter, senior sources have told HSJ.

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Trusts forced to look overseas to plug paramedic gaps

Ambulance services across England are looking overseas to fill gaps in their paramedic workforce as trusts grapple with vacancy rates as high as 25 per cent, HSJ research has found.

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Walk-in centres reduce demand on A&Es, research suggests

Up to a fifth of people attending walk-in centres were diverted from an A&E, according to new research by an academic at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Kent trust and CCGs called to joint performance meeting

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust and its neighbouring clinical commissioning groups have been called to a meeting with NHS England and Monitor because of poor performance against cancer, accident and emergency, elective and diagnostic targets.

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Ambulance services given extra time to assess patient need

Ambulance services in two areas will be given two minutes longer to assess patient need before sending out a response vehicle, under a pilot scheme announced by the health secretary today.

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NICE recommends minimum A&E nurse staffing ratios

Hospitals should ensure they meet minimum nurse to patient ratios in accident and emergency departments according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Paramedic to be sentenced over Midlands patient death

A West Midlands paramedic will be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to failing to discharge his duty of care to a man who collapsed and died outside a hospital emergency department in 2012.

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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Uncertainty for dermatology patients as acute service faces axe

Concerns have been raised about ongoing uncertainty over arrangements for emergency dermatology patients at a major teaching hospital, just a month before the service is set to be axed.

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Record number of patients waiting over 12 hours to be admitted

A record high of 241 patients waited over 12 hours to be admitted last week, according to the latest figures on accident and emergency performance from NHS England.

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University Hospitals of North staffordshire Foundation Trust

Single trust responsible for over half of national 12 hour waits

PERFORMANCE: University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust had 100 patients waiting over 12 hours in accident and emergency, accounting for more than half of such waiters nationally, figures for the last three months of 2014 reveal.

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Royal Courts of Justice

Legal challenge to Stafford Hospital transfer ruled out

STRUCTURE: A legal challenge against the transfer of services from Stafford Hospital to the Royal Stoke Hospital has been ruled out in legal advice to the local authority.

Barnsley Hospital

Finance director of troubled trust dismissed over gross misconduct

WORKFORCE: The finance director of the challenged Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust has been dismissed for gross misconduct after misstating its accounts.

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A&E performance at all-time low as emergency admissions peak

Hospitals say there is ‘unprecedented’ demand on their emergency services as admissions hit their highest level in 10 years.

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New patient safety incentives revealed

New incentives to improve patient safety have been outlined by NHS England. These include advances in seven day services, care of sepsis and acute kidney injury, as well as moves to tackle antibiotic resistance.

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New national advisory board to tackle workforce issues

A new national advisory board with a system-wide coordination role for workforce issues is to be created, the NHS planning guidance has revealed.

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Planning guidance full coverage: next steps for the forward view

Health economies seeking to be at the forefront of moving to the new models of care set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View have been given six weeks to submit an expression of interest to NHS England

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Resource Centre round up: Improving urgent care

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.


Immigration Act: Implications for GPs and trusts explained

GPs and trusts to enforce Immigration Act

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Solve the A&E puzzle for smarter patient care

People often view hospital as ‘best place’ for treatment

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Out of bed and back home: improving acute elderly care

How new care pathways cut hospital stays

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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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