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News on emergency services

Nigel Crisp speaking

Lord Crisp: Money and beds are not the answer for mental health

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.

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Updated: FT sector deficit five times higher than planned

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.

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Money, cash and notes

Acute trusts mull marginal tariff complaint against CCGs

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.

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A&E consultants resign en masse from trust

Five accident and emergency consultants have resigned from a troubled West Midlands acute trust across two hospitals, including all four consultants from one department.

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Ken Wenman South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive

National fund needed to address paramedic shortage, says ambulance chief

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.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Midlands paramedic sentenced after hospital death

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.

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Trust chiefs speak: How to tackle winter pressures and election turbulence

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

Cannock Chase Hospital

Stafford Hospital inpatient surgery transferred

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.

Gloucestershire Royal hospital

Gloucestershire trust challenges CCG penalties

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.

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Hospital ward beds

Whipps Cross A&E pressures bring mixed sex breaches

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.

Older woman and volunteer at home

£1.2m fund for volunteers to help under pressure A&Es

Trusts will be given an extra £1.2m to fund 700 volunteers to help ease pressures on accident and emergency departments.

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Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Exclusive: Memo reveals trust forced to 'scale back' specialist service

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.

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Building site

Lincoln Hospital begins £580k revamp

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.

Royal London Hospital

Barts’ deficit doubles to £93m

FINANCE: The predicted year-end deficit of one of Britain’s biggest hospital trusts has more than doubled.

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Dr Paul Flynn

Exclusive: Consultants' leader calls for 'sensible' seven day working proposals

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.

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Stafford Hospital

Midlands trust responsible for over half of patients waiting over 12 hours

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.

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Colchester Hospital

Colchester’s A&E rated ‘inadequate’ by CQC

Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust’s accident and emergency department has been rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission.

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Hospital staff rushing with patient

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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Busy hospital

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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Jeremy Hunt 2014

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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Map and compass

Non-clinical navigators can ease pressures in A&E

Reducing unnecessary accident and emergency attendances

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Let NHS staff take the front seat and drive change

Change can be lasting

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Clock doctor

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

A&E sliding puzzle

Solve the A&E puzzle for smarter patient care

People often view hospital as ‘best place’ for treatment

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Older patient and nurse in hsopital

Out of bed and back home: improving acute elderly care

How new care pathways cut hospital stays

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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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