Issue : 19 January 2012
View all stories from this issue.
Every part of the NHS will be affected by strike action on 10 May, the union Unite has claimed.
Staff urged to open up on feelingsSubscription
A mental health provider is offering staff the chance to take part in meetings to openly discuss the social and emotional impact of caring for patients.
PERFORMANCE: An independent review has been commissioned of the trust’s progress towards foundation status, the NHS North of England finance director reported.
CWP met with Monitor over governance red ratingSubscription
PERFORMANCE: The foundation trust was asked to meet with Monitor on 13 December to “consider whether the trust is in significant breach of its terms of authorisation”, according to newly published board minutes.
MD of Somerset CCG steps down Subscription
WORKFORCE: The managing director of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group has stood down from her role due to a conflict of interest.
FINANCE: At the end of November the primary care trust’s budget for its two local hospitals was on course for an overspend of £4.9m this year, its latest finance report shows.
The Department of Health has given NHS managers a choice of two letters to send staff this month on the future of their roles – one of which is to be used in cases where there is still “no clarity” on what will happen to their jobs.
PERFORMANCE: Hundreds of patients waited hours for ambulances in London when call handlers were forced to rely on pen and paper for 15 hours during a software failure, a report seen by HSJ has revealed.
PERFORMANCE: A mental health trust has been criticised for failing to consider the safety of a mother who was killed by her paranoid son.
FINANCE: NHS trusts in the strategic health authority’s region booked ‘”cost improvement programme” savings of £113.9m by the end of November, against a plan of £123.2m to that point in the year to date.