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Wythenshawe Hospital

Manchester trust calls for suspension of Healthier Together consultation

STRUCTURE: A teaching hospital, whose services are threatened by a major shake up of acute care in Greater Manchester, has called for a ‘flawed’ consultation on the plan to be suspended.

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A&E patients 'will wait longer'

Patients should expect ‘inevitable’ greater waits in accident and emergency departments, two health charities have warned.

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Controversial emergency care payment rules to stay put

There will be no change next year to controversial rules that restrict the payments hospitals receive for emergency admissions and readmissions

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Pricing authorities to tighten grip on specialist service payments

Monitor and NHS England have floated plans to tighten their grip on specialist services pricing while mounting a push for local commissioners to move away from national NHS prices

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Put GP services alongside every emergency department, advise doctors

New guidelines from a host of medical Royal Colleges call for all emergency departments to have co-located out of hours GP services, to help prevent rising demand from overwhelming the urgent care system.

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The urgent care round up: The improvement landscape is changing dramatically

Developments include planned deficits, A&E data and length of stay

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Planned care waiting list in 'danger zone'

The waiting list for planned care has exceeded the 3 million mark, while emergency admissions are continuing to rise, the latest activity data shows.

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Better care fund bailout for acute trusts is agreed

Better care fund cash will be used to compensate acute hospitals when local integration initiatives fail to reduce emergency admissions

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Exclusive poll: Public fear for the future of free healthcare

Voters fear the principle of free healthcare is in danger and that the NHS is threatened by the private sector, an HSJ/FTI Consulting survey has found

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Major incident declared at LAS as demand increases

PERFORMANCE: London Ambulance Service Trust declared a major incident on Monday because of intense pressure on the system.

Weston General Hospital

Recruitment struggle spells end for franchise rescue

The struggle of England’s smallest acute trust to recruit consultants played a major role in the decision to ditch its search for an independent sector management franchise to take it over, HSJ has been told.

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Robert Harris

NHS England strategy director joins GP and urgent care provider

The recently departed strategy director of NHS England has been appointed as a partner at a large GP and urgent care provider.

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Lincolnshire trust A&E performance dips

PERFORMANCE: United Lincolnshire Hospitals has failed to meet the four hour accident and emergency target of 95 per cent of admissions for April.

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A&Es miss target for a month

Accident and emergency departments have missed the target to see, treat, admit or discharge 95 per cent of patients within four hours for the fourth week in a row as demand on the service grows.

Joint closure date for London emergency departments

STRUCTURE: The accident and emergency departments at Hammersmith Hospital and Central Middlesex Hospital are due to be downgraded on the same day in September under a joint plan between Imperial College Healthcare Trust and North West London Hospitals Trust.

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Providers fail to report waiting times data

The NHS has missed its target for starting patient treatment within 18 weeks of admission for the second consecutive month, the latest official figures show.

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Co-commissioning plan could ease pressure on A&E, report author claims

NHS England’s primary care co-commissioning plan could help ease pressure on accident and emergency services, a researcher behind a new College of Emergency Medicine study has claimed.

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Ann Radmore

Ambulance service launches investigation into alleged exam cheating

London Ambulance Service Trust has launched an external investigation after an anonymous whistleblower alleged that student paramedics had cheated in their final examinations.

NHS 111

Integrated hotlines could exclude smaller providers

Plans by clinical commissioning groups to jointly procure NHS 111 and out of hours hotlines have sparked concerns that smaller providers could be squeezed out of the market.

Reconfiguration delay in North East London

PERFORMANCE: The reshaping of emergency services at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust has been delayed as it refocuses efforts on concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission.

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

Does performance reflect the leadership?

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Senior staff cover means earlier discharges

Equal attention should be paid to evening cover as at weekends

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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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Everything must flow: how emergency care can meet demand

Problems must be fixed throughout the system

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