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Systems offered upfront cash to exceed pre-covid elective activity by 20pc

Selected health systems are being offered additional upfront funding if they commit to delivering 120 per cent of their pre-covid elective activity levels by July, HSJ  has learned.

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Health secretary could prop up unsafe services with new power, say NHS leaders

New powers given to the health secretary as part of proposed legislation could make local services unsafe, NHS Providers has warned the House of Commons health select committee.

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North by North West: ‘Our levels of trust are a million miles away from what we need’

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HSJ podcast: How three top trust chiefs fell out of favour

For the first time ever the leader of a mental health trust has been named HSJ’s top chief executive, and in a surprising turn of events, three former top-table leaders have departed our top 50 altogether. Why the fall from grace?

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The Integrator: Hancock’s ‘bonus prizes’ for Simon Stevens

Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning by senior correspondent, Sharon Brennan.

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North by North West: Hancock’s grubby intervention over A&E closure

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Exclusive: Reviews of hospital-acquired covid deaths as ‘basic’ breaches found

Senior doctors are leading a programme of work to review deaths caused by hospital-acquired covid in the North West, which has had disproportionately high rates of nosocomial infections over the last three months.

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North by North West: Glimpsing the peak and surveying the wreckage

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Doctors claim major infection control ‘deficiencies’ at region’s hospitals

Research by a group of doctors has found ‘major deficiencies’ around infection control within hospitals in the North West region.

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HSJ podcast: Is primary care ready for the second wave?

Recorded in the middle of another dramatic week for the NHS, the latest HSJ Health Check takes stock of whether primary care really has seen long-lasting innovation during the pandemic, and debates if a mood-measuring watch for GPs is the answer to burn-out.

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Exclusive: Doctors accuse trust of caving to political pressure to reopen ‘unsafe’ A&E

Senior clinicians say their trust board has caved into political pressure by making an ‘unsafe’ decision to re-open a small emergency department — having previously suggested this would not happen if there was a second wave of coronavirus.

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New site for pathology hub as PwC criticise ‘crude’ selection process

A new location has been chosen to create a centralised hub for pathology services in Lancashire, after a consultancy firm criticised a ‘ crude’ process in which another site was previously identified.

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Fifty people each day catching covid in region’s hospitals

The North West region is now seeing around 50 new cases of coronavirus per day that are likely to have been caught in hospital by patients being treated for other conditions.

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Raft of covid service changes not being reversed

Significant changes to a range of services, including A&E, stroke and maternity, made amid the covid-19 crisis are set to remain into next year, an HSJ analysis of key projects has found.

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North by North West: Bed expansion as leaders fret over winter

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‘Requiring immediate action’: The patient safety issues hidden in unpublished reports

These are some of the serious findings of external reviews of NHS services from recent years, previously unpublished but now released to HSJ.

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Ex-regulator chief returns from Qatar to lead integrated care system

The former chief executive of the Trust Development Authority has been appointed to chair an integrated care system in the North West.

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Acute trust to close smaller A&E during covid-19 crisis

An acute trust in Lancashire will temporarily close one of its emergency departments, with staff sent to bolster the workforce at its main hospital during the covid-19 outbreak.

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The agenda for 2020

In this edition, North by North West outlines some the key priorities for the region in 2020.