Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Pathology network tenders £112m contract amid potential expansion

Pathology chiefs in the West Midlands have tendered a major contract despite uncertainty over whether they will follow NHS Improvement’s recommendations about which trusts will be in their network.

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Trusts across STPs hope to merge by spring 2018

Two trusts in neighbouring sustainability and transformation partnerships have confirmed they aim to merge in early 2018, following the outcome of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Exclusive: One in four hospital trusts routinely pay suppliers late

More than a quarter of hospital trusts are now routinely delaying payments to their suppliers because of cash flow problems, analysis by HSJ reveals.

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Backlog of 30,000 reports after vanguard IT system failure

The rollout of a multimillion pound vanguard project imaging system to University Hospitals Leicester Trust led to a 30,000 backlog in image reports, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: CCG resists Virgin Care demands for more money

Virgin Care has demanded more money for a controversial prime provider contract it signed with commissioners in Staffordshire last year, HSJ has learned.

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Patient images sent by taxi after £30m IT system breaks down

Doctors have been forced to send images from patient scans on DVDs in taxis to neighbouring hospitals after a £30m IT system failed across eight hospitals.

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Exclusive: Third trust reveals large neurology backlog

A trust in the East Midlands has become the latest to reveal it has hundreds of neurology patients overdue follow up appointments due to a lack of capacity.

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Trust forced to pay £300k VAT over Virgin Care contract

A trust in Staffordshire has been forced to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in VAT charges due to a controversial “prime provider” contract commissioned by its CCG.

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Revealed: Hundreds more neurology patients left waiting for appointments

Another trust in the West Midlands has raised concerns over under pressure neurology services with hundreds of people waiting for an appointment.

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Revealed: 'Distress' as over 1,000 neurology patients left waiting

More than 1,000 patients have been left waiting for follow up appointments because of capacity problems at a struggling specialist service.

University Hospitals of North staffordshire Foundation Trust

CCG leader appointed director of troubled STP

A commissioning leader from the North West has been appointed as director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ has learned.

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Foundation trusts move step closer to full merger

Two hospital trusts in the Midlands have approved an outline business case to merge.

Colchester Hospital

Four in five trusts spent over a year in special measures

Fewer than one in five trusts placed in special measures because of inadequate care have improved quickly enough to be removed within 12 months, as originally intended, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Virgin Care and CCG in dispute over changes to £270m contract

A Midlands clinical commissioning group is locked in a contract dispute with Virgin Care over a controversial “prime provider” contract awarded last year, HSJ has learned.

Queen's Hospital, Burton

Foundation trusts could consider merger

Two NHS trusts in the Midlands are working on proposals to work closer together, including a potential full merger, HSJ understands.

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Revealed: 24 A&Es could be closed or downgraded

Twenty four emergency departments - around 15 per cent of the national total - could be closed or downgraded in the next four years, according to HSJ analysis.

University Hospitals of North staffordshire Foundation Trust

Exclusive: STP chair resigns before plan is published

The leader of Staffordshire’s sustainability and transformation plan has resigned ahead of the five year strategy being published.

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Revealed: New oversight ratings for every NHS trust

Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.

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Exclusive: Trust bailouts reach almost £2bn

More than half of acute trusts received some form of cash bailout in 2015-16 as total “revenue support” from the Department of Health reached almost £2bn.