A steep increase in emergency bailouts means NHS trusts’ total borrowing from the Department of Health and Social Care has overtaken their PFI liabilities.
North Norfolk and South Norfolk clinical commissioning groups have appointed a new chief officer, the CCGs have announced.
Some prostate cancer patients are “pressurised into receiving treatment within 62 days” even where it is deemed unnecessary, according to evidence within a new report.
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust has been placed in special measures after inspectors rated the trust and its leadership inadequate, having found a “bullying culture” and an “obvious deterioration” in services.
HSJ approached the 29 pathology networks proposed by NHS Improvement to ask if local trusts had signed up. In most cases the proposed “hub” trust was able to answer on behalf of its network.
Regulators withheld funding from a teaching hospital after it admitted only meeting its accident and emergency target “through the inclusion of the walk in centre performance [data]” from a facility it does not run, HSJ has learned.
NHS Improvement has accepted formal revisions to the financial forecasts of almost 60 NHS trusts, according to data published today.
Elective RTT waiting times shot up by over a week in December, in the fastest monthly increase since 2010, notes Rob Findlay
A financial turnaround project where management consultants are sent to work with NHS trusts has been shelved by NHS Improvement, HSJ has learned.
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.
More than a quarter of hospital trusts are now routinely delaying payments to their suppliers because of cash flow problems, analysis by HSJ reveals.
Five trusts have been identified as offering a poor overall experience to patients in their accident and emergency departments, based on a new Care Quality Commission patient survey.
Concerns have been raised by a teaching trust that consolidating its back office with two smaller local trusts may not deliver direct savings for the larger provider, HSJ has learned.
Commissioners in Norfolk are to vote on plans to set up a joint committee that would “ideally” broker “single contracts” for all five local clinical commissioning groups with all their major providers.
One of the council chiefs leading a sustainability and transformation partnership is to stand down and hand the role to a local NHS service leader.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust has appointed Jon Green, the executive chief operating office at nearby West Suffolk Foundation Trust, as its new chief executive.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
WORKFORCE: North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group chief officer Mark Taylor has resigned.
A new NHS England assessment of “digital maturity” across the NHS lays bare significant variation among providers, HSJ can reveal.
Documents released by the Department of Health show five foundation trusts where reconfiguration of services could be necessary.
STRUCTURE: Norfolk’s three hospital trusts and its community trust have signed a memorandum of understanding to try to ensure services in the county remain sustainable.
By using publicly available data, HSJ has been able to closely match the methodology used by Lord Carter to produce trusts’ headline “savings opportunity” figures. Here we list the least and most efficient trusts according to the headline measure, as well as data for all trusts.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust is planning a radical restructure after an independent review said it faced a £39m funding deficit by 2018-19.
The Department of Health obliged some of the most seriously troubled hospitals in the NHS to receive their bailouts in the form of ‘loans’ last year, DH figures show.
PERFORMANCE: Monitor has taken Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust out of special measures.
PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has recommended that Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust should come out of special measures.
WORKFORCE: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust has appointed Dorothy Hosein as its chief executive.
The special measures regime for struggling hospitals has the potential to demoralise staff and hamper efforts to fill much needed vacancies, according to a high profile troubleshooter tasked with putting one trust back on track.
PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission has recommended that Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust remains in special measures.
Hospital trusts needed financial help last year to fend off legal threats from suppliers, update “obsolete” medical equipment and even keep electricity supplies flowing, according to a raft of pleas for bailouts seen by HSJ.
PERFORMANCE: Monitor is to send a contingency planning team to Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn to develop options for securing sustainable patient services at the financially troubled foundation trust.
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More than a third of hospital trusts are predicting deficits at the end of this financial year, HSJ research has found.
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The Department of Health’s integrated care “pioneers” will be monitored centrally to check progress against their plans and could be stripped of their status if they lose their way, health minister Norman Lamb has said.
Queen Elizabeth King’s Lynn Foundation Trust posted a £1m larger than forecast deficit for August and continued to breach its four-hour accident and emergency target.
WORKFORCE Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Trust has made a raft of senior appointments, according to trust board papers.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust is to bring in “external support” to sort out financial and performance problems identified by regulators, Monitor has announced.
PERFORMANCE Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Trust is set to hear from the Care Quality Commission after underperformance in three areas led to the trust being reprimanded by regulators, according to board papers.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Trust Development Authority has rubberstamped the appointment of two interim non-executive directors at East of England Ambulance Service Trust.
PERFORMANCE Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn Trust did not hit the accident and emergency four-hour waiting target in April and May, according to commissioners.
PERFORMANCE Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust recorded seven never events in the first three quarters of the 2012-13 financial year.
PERFORMANCE Four of the five mixed sex accommodation breaches reported in the Midlands and East in December 2012 were recorded by Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Trust.
PERFORMANCE NHS Norfolk & Waveney PCT cluster is “very concerned” about the high incidence of pressure ulcers across all its providers, according to board papers.
NHS Midlands and East has announced the successful bidders in a tender for pathology services across the East of England, as part of a long-awaited reconfiguration intended to cut the region’s lab bill by up to £29m.
Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust has recorded the lowest score yet by any organisation on the friends and family test, according to the latest data from the pilot of the fledging patient satisfaction survey.
A major shake-up in vascular services is planned for the East of England, with several hospitals set to lose work.
WORKFORCE: Appraisal rates at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, need to undergo a “step change” if they are to meet the target of 90 per cent, the board heard.
WORKFORCE: Around 180 staff who live close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, are to lose parking permits under a new car parking strategy adopted by the trust.
COMMERCIAL: Property developers and a leading healthcare technology firm have joined forced to try and create a ‘medical quarter’ in Birmingham.
Two more foundations trusts have been placed in significant breach of their terms of authorisation, taking the total to 15 of the 78 acute trusts regulated by Monitor.
A recent league table of over 2,000 UK businesses ranked four NHS trusts as the highest performing organisations. NHS Sustainable Development Unit director David Pencheon explains why other trusts must aim to emulate this success.
WORKFORCE: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn FT has appointed a new chief executive.
The number of foundation trusts with serious financial problems has doubled since the last quarter, new data shows.
PERFORMANCE: Managers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn FT have apologised to a patient who was moved between nine different wards while being treated for a heart attack.
FINANCE: Norfolk primary care trust is predicting acute activity to be above plan by more than £10m by the end of the year, as “all major providers” are currently over performing.
WORKFORCE: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital FT’s chief executive will leave the trust in October, it has been announced.
There have been problems of late for acute providers in the East, with two of its foundation trusts in trouble with the Care Quality Commission and another being scrutinised by the strategic health authority.
STRUCTURE: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is to host £20m national centre for research into treating trauma.
Monitor has confirmed two more trusts have achieved foundation status.
STRUCTURE: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn has been authorised as a foundation trust.
An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of a south London cancer specialist who claimed he had been bullied and harassed after expressing concern over NHS cost-cutting measures.
Fewer than 40 per cent of acute and specialist trusts are achieving the required standards of stroke care.
A senior NHS cancer specialist was branded a trouble-making whistleblower and effectively sacked after alleging bad practices at a London hospital, he will claim.
Hospital trusts have improved their clinical coding, but a third are still overcharging commissioners by as much as 6 per cent, the latest audit results show.
NHS London has abolished its provider agency, which was established two years ago to lead its trusts in gaining foundation status.