Acute CareNews on acute care
Outsourcing giant Serco underestimated how long it would take to restructure community health services in Suffolk, its health managing director has told HSJ.
Up to one in five patients could be suffering unnecessarily in hospitals across the UK because medics are making basic blunders in prescribing drips, experts have warned.
Cancer patients are facing a postcode lottery of care within the NHS, with patients in some areas four times less likely to get an early diagnosis, it has been reported.
Monitor is increasing its scrutiny of foundation hospitals’ accident and emergency performance this winter, after being requested to do so by the health secretary.
Unpredictable financial flows caused by unsettled commissioning structures are causing problems for trusts, according to Trust Development Authority chief executive David Flory.
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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