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Rob findlay

Shocking deterioration in RTT waiting times

Elective RTT waiting times shot up by over a week in December, in the fastest monthly increase since 2010, notes Rob Findlay

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Trusts face cyber attack inspections amid widespread weaknesses

Trusts with lax data security are receiving additional unannounced inspections, as regulators try to patch security vulnerabilities in the wake of the Wannacry cyber attack.


Exclusive: NHS makes little progress cutting specialised income 'long tail'

The spread of specialised services across English hospital trusts has remained relatively unchanged over the last four years, despite a consensus that greater consolidation is needed in some areas.

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Revealed: Best and worst trusts for maternity care experience

Thirteen trusts are providing women with a poorer care experience than expected in more than one core area of maternity services, according to the latest data from the Care Quality Commission.

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Waiting times steady despite slowdown in admissions

Yet another large trust stopped reporting its referral to treatment data, which clouded the picture for the latest November figures and raised non-reported waiting lists to a new record.


NHS trusts forced to find new transport services as firms exit market

London hospital trusts have been forced to bring patient transport services in house or re-tender them as incumbent firms exit the market.

Jo Martin

Royal college concerned over lack of investment for pathology shake-up

The new president of the Royal College of Pathologists has said she is concerned about a lack of investment in new laboratory IT systems amid a national overhaul of NHS pathology departments.

Andy Cowper

Cowper’s Cut: The fear, the network and the path

Why does a safety-critical industry such as the NHS have the level of bullying and fear running through it at so many levels, asks Andy Cowper

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Cyberattack costs trust £9.5m in lost income

The WannaCry cyberattack in May cost one NHS trust £9.5m in lost income, its latest board report reveals.

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HSJ Awards 2017: Acute Sector Innovation

Imperial College Healthcare Trust developed the NOSH Project – a three tier pathway to improve nutrition and hydration in patients with dementia. Two healthcare support workers were employed to implement the pathway. The project is now in place on 29 wards.


Trusts must reduce deficits by two-thirds to hit official forecast

NHS trusts must reduce their combined monthly deficit to £107m to meet the official forecast figures in the second half of 2017-18, after recording a monthly deficit of almost £300m in the first half of the year.

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Updated: Trust worst hit by cyberattack calls for funding clarity

Trusts need more clarity about future cybersecurity funding after the WannaCry attack, Barts Health Trust’s top digital doctor has said.

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Capital's trusts to introduce 'maximum' caps on agency rates

Hospitals in London struggling to recruit medical locums to tackle staff shortages are to limit the amount they can spend even when safety is a factor from this weekend, HSJ can reveal.


Controversial heart surgery closure plans could be ready in weeks

Controversial recommendations over the national reconfiguration of congenital heart disease services could be submitted to NHS England in three weeks, ending years of uncertainty.

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Revealed: The NHS trusts falling well short of financial plans

Several acute trusts have fallen significantly short of their three month financial target, while dozens more are relying on heavily backloaded savings plans to deliver their year end plans.


Regulator shifts costs of 'hugely successful' efficiency tool to trusts

NHS trusts will be asked to partly fund a price comparison tool that helps deliver savings in procurement, HSJ has learned.


Trusts could be fined millions for poor cybersecurity

The Department of Health could fine trusts up to £17m for failing to keep services running after a cyberattack or hardware failure, under new government proposals.

Colchester Hospital

Exclusive: Short tenure of 'inadequate' trust chiefs laid bare

The chief executives of trusts rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission have been in post much longer than those rated inadequate – several of whom have stayed less than a year, HSJ analysis confirms.

Richard Murray

The NHS financial regime: cleverly flexible or horribly messy?

The NHS payments and incentives system is constantly evolving. Richard Murray looks at a system that is attempting to manage deficits and, at the same time, introduce new models of care and ways to pay for them.

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Exclusive: One in five trusts did not make critical security updates before cyberattack

More than one in five trusts failed to properly apply security updates that would have protected them against the worst cyberattack in NHS history.

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NHS England accused of using 'misleading' data for heart surgery closures

NHS England has been accused of lacking transparency and using “inaccurate or misleading” data in its planning for the potential closure of three heart surgery units.

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Staffing gaps a factor in patient's death

Staffing gaps in an intensive care unit run by the largest NHS trust directly affected the care of a patient who died at a hospital in east London, a coroner has said.

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HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017: Community Health Service Redesign

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust: Sexual Health Services Integration

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Revealed: Management redundancies signed off by NHSI committee

NHS Improvement’s provider leadership committee approved nine compulsory redundancies at senior level over nine months in 2016-17, documents obtained by HSJ reveal.


Barts Health flagged reliance on XP ahead of cyber attack

Barts Health Trust has revealed it was trying to upgrade “many” computers still running the outdated Windows XP operating system just days before last week’s unprecedented global cyber-attack.

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Operations and services disrupted as cyber attack fallout persists

Several major NHS acute hospitals have been forced into a fresh wave of cancellations of operations, appointments and other services as the health service grappled with the continued fallout of Friday’s cyber attack.


Trust declares major incident as neighbour is crippled by cyber attack

Demand spikes at major trauma centre as neighbour is struck down by ransomware

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Revealed: The seven hospitals struggling to recover from ransomware attack

Seven trusts receiving national support following cyber attack are named


Updated: 48 trusts hit by ransomware attack

Multiple hospital trusts and other NHS organisations are suffering significant IT systems problems following a major ransomware attack.

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Updated: Trust's X-ray system down for days following 'major' IT failure

Imaging services at one of the largest trusts in England have been down for four days following a “major” IT failure, HSJ has learned.


Revealed: CQC inspects 40 providers after whistleblower concerns

Whistleblowers’ complaints to the Care Quality Commission have resulted in 40 providers having inspections instigated or brought forward in the last year.

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Following the Money: The drag beneath the surface

HSJ’s email briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: How the East Was One

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover


New chair for special measures trust

A new substantive chair has been appointed to Barts Health Trust, six months after the departure of his predecessor.

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Exclusive: Special measures trusts forced to pay higher interest on bailouts

The most financially troubled NHS trusts in England are being charged interest rates of 6 per cent on bailout loans from the Department of Health, which experts have likened to “kicking someone when they’re down”.

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Exclusive: Stevens warned over bed shortage risk after woman's death

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has been warned more patients could die after a woman was denied emergency surgery by three hospitals due to a lack of intensive care beds.

Andrew Morris

Revealed: The NHS’s top trust chief executives in 2017

Standout trends in this year’s rankings include the prevalence of the multi-trust leader, the influence of outstanding CQC ratings and the rise of women chief executives


Mapped: Where in the NHS owes the DH the most money

The vast majority of health systems in England face loan repayments to the Department of Health which come to a combined total of £2bn, according to analysis by HSJ.

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HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards shortlist revealed

The organisations in the running to win one of the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017 at have been revealed.