The long-planned merger of two Dorset trusts is due to go ahead next month – after it was initially blocked by regulators seven years ago.
These are some of the serious findings of external reviews of NHS services from recent years, previously unpublished but now released to HSJ.
Regulators have approved a merger between two foundation trusts after initially blocking the plans seven years ago.
The quality and safety of patient care the system delivers depends on the wellbeing, morale and sustainability of frontline staff members. By Gordon Forbes
The trusts which are likely to face the fiercest struggle to deliver quality care in the immediate future have been identified through an analysis carried out exclusively for HSJ.
Two Dorset foundation trusts have welcomed the launch of the latest regulatory investigation into their proposed merger, which was infamously blocked seven years ago.
The interim People Plan, published last summer, set out some key themes for the NHS to focus on in the years ahead, including ‘making the NHS the best place to work’, ‘improving leadership culture’ and ‘delivering 21st century care’.
The health secretary has given the green light to a major overhaul of Dorset’s acute hospital services, including the long-planned downgrade of Poole’s A&E department.
A hospital trust has been fined £45,000 following the death of a leukaemia patient who was given five times the amount of drugs she was prescribed during a clinical trial.
A trust merger which was first proposed in 2011 has been delayed again – this time by up to 18 months.
With the new prime minister poised to announce NHS building projects, HSJ has identified 20 of the most significant hospital infrastructure schemes that require big injections of capital funding, often to address pressing problems with care quality.
Merging hospital trusts could increase mortality rates by up to 550 per cent and cause patient harm incidents to almost triple, new analysis by the Competition and Markets Authority has suggested.
Health chiefs in Dorset have “confidence” in their plans to reconfigure acute services in the county despite two local authorities asking for a review by health secretary Matt Hancock, they have said.
The longest serving chief executive of an acute trust has announced he will step down ahead of a proposed merger of his organisation with a neighbour trust.
Plans to reconfigure acute services and merge two NHS trusts have been boosted after a judicial review was dismissed by a High Court judge.
Chief executive interview: Tony Spotswood, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust
This is the latest in a series of interviews with provider chief executives, which are available exclusively to HSJ Membership subscribers. Each month in 2018 a member of the HSJ expert team will conduct a challenging, candid and in-depth interview with a provider trust boss.
Pathologists in one of England’s most advanced health economies have launched a procurement for a common IT system across laboratories at up to eight NHS trusts.
Plans to split two hospitals into emergency and elective care centres as part of a £147m reconfiguration are being held up by a judicial review, which could delay a long awaited trust merger.
A breakdown by area of acute trusts by the share of staff saying they had witnessed potentially harmful errors, near misses or incidents in the last month, in the 2017 NHS staff survey.
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.