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NHS England has agreed more than 1,000 temporary contract variations when providers of specialised services have failed to meet new service standards, HSJ has learned.
Patient reported outcome measures have not driven expected improvements in treatment during their first three years and do not support claims the NHS is treating too many patients, researchers have found.
Community providers have urged Monitor to support the development of new payment systems which will take investment away from the acute sector.
Some patients are being forced to wait in ambulances outside hospitals for hours because accident and emergency departments are too busy to take them, according to research.
People having a routine operation on a Friday are 24 per cent more likely to die than if they had one earlier in the week, according to a major report.
Thirteen hospital trusts have higher than expected mortality indicator scores, according to an extract from the latest report by health analytics firm Dr Foster which has been shared exclusively with HSJ.
The number of people dying from breast, prostate and bowel cancer will almost halve in the three decades up to 2020, new figures suggest.
A merger that would have created the largest provider organisation in England has been shelved.
A lack of support for older people after they have been in hospital leaves them vulnerable to readmission, new research has found.
Accident and emergency attendances have been at their highest between April to June every year since 2008-09, according to a report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
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An independent inquiry will be carried out into the safety of blood donations following fears of infection from vCJD, the human form of “mad cow disease”, it has been reported.
HSJ analysis of the 53 trusts due to receive a share of the Department of Health’s £250m winter pressure fund shows many are prioritising improvements to the care of the frail elderly.
Up to 100,000 NHS patients with cancer and rare diseases are to have their genetic codes mapped by 2017 under new plans announced by health minister Lord Howe.
Mopping up MRSA toxin with a sponge may be a new way to defeat the antibiotic-resistant superbug, research has shown.
At least one medical director has already “fallen on their sword” following a visit from one of the Care Quality Commission’s new inspection teams, the chief inspector of hospitals has said.
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