A large clinical commissioning group – which is part of a proposed accountable care system – has been put back in financial special measures, less than a year after coming out of the regime.
The majority of trusts continue to provide patients with less access to consultants at the weekend compared to a weekday, new data reveals.
Two Bedfordshire hospital trusts intend to merge by April – a timeframe that both organisations admit is “ambitious”.
Bedford Hospital Trust is seeking a formal merger with Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust, HSJ has learnt.
The government will distribute £181m to a second wave of digital trusts, the health secretary is expected to announce tomorrow.
NHS trusts were forced to draw down £2.7bn of emergency cash bailouts from the government last year – with two-thirds of hospital providers now relying on government loans to maintain payments to staff and suppliers.
Commissioners have abandoned plans to restrict access to hearing aids after a foundation trust warned they could be breaching their legal duties.
A social networking app is aiming to cut into the hundreds of millions of pounds NHS trusts pay to temporary staffing agencies.
NHS England has announced the nine areas most likely to evolve into “accountable care systems”.
The latest NHS bed occupancy figures are the highest ever recorded for a third quarter since quarterly data collections began in 2010, providing a further sign of the system’s capacity challenges.
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.
The STP for Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes reveals plans for “unified leadership, management and operations across all three hospitals” on the patch, but states that the three will not formally merge.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
COMMISSIONING: A “flawed” review of health services should be rejected in full rather than become part of sustainability and transformation plan for health and social care integration, according to the elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council.
ACUTE CARE: A standalone review into reconfiguring accident and emergency services at Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals has been scrapped in favour of merging it into the sustainability and transformation plan for the region.
A county council struggling to make £60m of savings in 2016-17 is planning to scrap funding for a joint discharge project with local NHS hospitals, it has emerged.
How to reduce unwarranted variation in the NHS was the focus of HSJ’s latest roundtable
RECONFIGURATION: Bedford Hospital Trust should be stripped of major services including obstetrics and the majority of its emergency surgical care as part of a local service reconfiguration, a review has recommended.
NHS Improvement has revealed the 16 trusts in the first wave of its £25m turnaround programme.