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WORKFORCE: Bullying is prevalent across the London Ambulance Service and the trust has a ‘blame culture’ in which bullies are perceived to have been rewarded, an independent review has found.
WORKFORCE: More than 300 staff at East of England Ambulance Service have signed a petition to the health secretary calling for its departing chief executive to remain in his position.
NHS England has said urgent and emergency care networks should be set up across the country to set and monitor standards of care and ‘designate urgent care facilities’.
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Experts have warned that patients could end up waiting longer for treatment as acute trusts try to tackle an expected overall deficit of more than £2bn this year.
NHS England chief nursing officer Jane Cummings has said the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will continue to be used for evidence reviews on safe staffing ‘where appropriate’.
NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is to review the current waiting times standards for elective care, the organisation’s chief executive Simon Stevens has announced.
Urgent and emergency care will undergo a “complete redesign” and be in “a very different place by the middle of this Parliament”, the NHS England chief executive has announced.
One of the largest teaching hospitals in England is forecasting a year-end deficit of almost £50m, HSJ has been told.
NHS England expects clinical commissioning groups to fund more hospital activity than initially planned this year, prompting concerns that this could undermine non-acute services intended to reduce emergency admissions.
WORKFORCE: An ambulance service and acute trust in the North West have launched a pilot project in which occupational therapists respond to ‘low level’ 999 calls alongside paramedics.
David Bennett has called for the NHS to investigate the possibility of redefining key access targets to reduce the financial burden they place on providers – where it can be done without compromising safety.
Ten acute trusts in the East Midlands joined forces to tackle the challenge
Jeremy Hunt has praised the benefits of peer review to improve NHS standards, saying it is a better method than top-down targets.
NHS England will ‘test new ways’ of sustaining smaller hospitals, including ‘chains’ running acute services, in its latest vanguard programme launched today by Simon Stevens.
STRUCTURE: The accident and emergency department at either the Royal Bournemouth Hospital or Poole Hospital could be downgraded to an urgent care centre under proposals for changes to acute services in Dorset.
The number of frontline staff leaving ambulance services across England has almost doubled in the last five years, analysis by HSJ has found.
WORKFORCE: Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust has appointed Rod Barnes as its chief executive.
FINANCE: St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust is under investigation by Monitor because of a sudden deterioration in its finances.
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