Issue : 19 April 2012
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Royal Cornwall fined £130,000Subscription
FINANCE: Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has been fined £46,000 for breaches of rules on mixed sex accommodation and £85,525 for ambulance handover times longer than 15 minutes.
GPs should be offered incentives to improve the care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis who continue to be “systematically and appallingly let down by the NHS”, according to Arthritis Care.
Prostate treatment pioneered at SouthamptonSubscription
Doctors at University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust are the first in the UK to use a pioneering non-surgical procedure to treat men suffering an enlarged prostate.
WORKFORCE: Nursing director Carole Crocker is the latest senior manager to leave the troubled James Paget University Hospitals Foundation Trust in Great Yarmouth.
Doctors have been told they can bypass primary care trust funding processes and apply direct to the controversial Cancer Drugs Fund in certain cases, under new guidelines issued by the Department of Health.
PERFORMANCE: NHS Plymouth has issued Plymouth Hospitals Trust with a contract performance notice, after the trust failed to meet the four hour accident and emergency target during February and March.
FINANCE: Expenditure on locum staffing is one of the key risks to the delivery of Weston Area Health Trust’s 2012-13 budget, papers presented to April’s board reveal.
PERFORMANCE: In 2011-12 41 patients at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust invoked their rights under the NHS Consititution to request treatment at an alternative provider.
PERFORMANCE: Almost 1,000 patients at Plymouth Hospitals Trust had been waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment at the end of March.
Peninsula Community Health exceeds C diff limitSubscription
PERFORMANCE: Peninsula Community Health has has twice as many cases of Clostridium difficile as its agreed limit during 2011-12.