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Strict conditions imposed on Medway following multiple inspections

PERFORMANCE: Stringent conditions have been placed on Medway Maritime Hospital following a third CQC inspection of its struggling accident and emergency department.

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Deficit for NHS providers swells to £630m

The NHS provider sector has plunged further into the red, the latest figures from Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority show

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First of new NHS 111 contracts awarded

COMMERCIAL: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has been left “deeply disappointed” after losing out on the contract to provide an integrated NHS 111 and GP out of hours service in Somerset.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Exclusive: Hinchingbrooke A&E could face axe

The NHS’s only privately run hospital, Hinchingbrooke Health Care Trust, could lose core services such as its accident and emergency department despite earlier assurances that franchising the hospital would protect it from such a move.

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Exclusive: Delayed transfer rate soars to highest level

The national rate of delayed transfers of care has soared to its highest ever level, threatening the better care fund’s ambition to cut costs by improving the transfer of patients from hospital to other care settings.

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Accident and emergency bailout fund increases to £700m

Hospitals are to receive an extra £300m in government cash in a bid to arrest further decline in A&E performance over the winter

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Bewick: Up-skilled GPs should support emergency and acute services

Emergency and acute services in some areas could increasingly be supported by up-skilled GPs, working across hospital and community settings, NHS England’s deputy medical director has said

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Addenbrooke's A&E performance slumps to record low

Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust has recorded the worst weekly accident and emergency waiting time performance by any NHS provider for three and half years, a statistician has calculated.

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Kent organisations step in to relieve pressure on Medway

STRUCTURE: Medway Foundation Trust could see some of its work moved to a neighbouring trust to relieve pressure on the struggling organisation.

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Waiting list shrinks slightly amid government drive to treat long waiters

The government’s drive to help hospitals clear their backlog of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment has started to pay off, figures from NHS England indicate

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Plans to involve GPs in NHS 111 'naive'

NHS England has ‘lost’ time exploring the use of GPs for the NHS 111 phone line as there are too few in the workforce to support it, a leading clinician has said

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Exclusive: Stevens warns leaders that funding increase will depend on A&E performance

Senior NHS chiefs have begun ramping up the pressure on providers and commissioners to improve performance in A&E during a round of high level meetings which began last week

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Integration pioneer criticised for poor relationships

A health economy designated as one of the government’s integration pioneers has been warned its poor relationships with social care are putting patients at risk, HSJ has learned.

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Trust's winter cash withheld until it has 'believable' A&E plan

PERFORMANCE: One of the worst performing areas on the four hour accident and emergency target has seen its “system resilience” money withheld temporarily after failing to devise a “believable” improvement plan.

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A&E emergency admissions at highest ever level

Emergency admissions to accident and emergency departments have hit their highest level since records began, the latest NHS England figures reveal.

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Exclusive: Government set to release more A&E rescue funding

The health service is set to receive a further multimillion pound government bailout aimed at avoiding a politically embarrassing failure of the accident and emergency waiting target during winter

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Clinical commissioning

McKinsey chosen for wide-ranging Dorset clinical services review

Management consultancy McKinsey is set to help Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group review its clinical services after being named the preferred bidder for a £2.75m consultancy contract.

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CQC to inspect whole health systems

The Care Quality Commission will begin inspecting health systems across whole geographical areas from next year, its chief inspector of general practice has said.

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Southampton General Hospital

Southampton trust agrees plan to tackle poor waiting times

PERFORMANCE: University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust has agreed a plan improve its accident and emergency waiting time performance, amid commissioner concerns.

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Urgent action taken as Medway A&E remains in 'state of crisis'

PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission is ‘urgently working’ with NHS England and Monitor to make improvements at Medway Maritime Hospital’s accident and emergency department after an unannounced inspection found it ‘remained in a state of crisis with poor clinical leadership’.

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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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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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