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Recovery Watch: Analysing the elective challenge at ICS level

Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress.


Government drops plans for 24/7 covid vaccination service

Ministers have dropped plans to launch a 24-hour coronavirus vaccination service after two hospital trusts piloted the scheme earlier this year.

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Exclusive: Consultant ‘cliques’ and ‘unacceptable behaviours’ put patients at risk

Deep-rooted relationship problems between consultants in a major trust’s neurosurgery department distracted from patient care, according to a review leaked to HSJ.


NHSE orders trusts to meet government commitment on free parking

NHS England has reiterated to trusts they must permanently offer free car parking to night shift staff and some patient groups from next month, amid concerns some will fail to meet government commitments.

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Trusts drop business rates battle against councils

Eleven NHS trusts have dropped a long-running bid to pay business rates at a discount usually reserved for charities, according to the Local Government Association.

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HSJ podcast: Punishing staff for gaming the vaccine system

Reasonable or ‘unnecessarily hostile”? This week’s HSJ Health Check debates whether it’s right for a trust to threaten its staff with disciplinary or regulatory action if they seek to have their second covid jab early.

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Staff seeking second vaccination early threatened with ‘regulatory action’

Staff at one of England’s largest hospital trusts have been threatened with disciplinary and regulatory action if they attempt to get their second covid-19 vaccine dose early, HSJ has learned.

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Scandal-hit trust partnered with ‘outstanding’ care provider

The trust at the centre of one of the biggest maternity scandals in recent years has been partnered with another trust in the Midlands to drive improvements.

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Covid pressures linked to increased fall rates and patient deaths

Two patients have died and at least seven more have come to harm in recent falls linked to covid-19 pressures at a small acute trust.

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Exclusive: Multiple whistleblowers flag ‘heartbreaking’ incidents at major trust

Clinicians within a major teaching hospital’s cancer services have raised multiple concerns over patient safety, which they believe have resulted from badly planned service changes in response to the covid crisis.

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GPs receive 'urgent' call to volunteer for work in crisis-hit ITU

GPs in Birmingham have been sent an “urgent” plea to assist in their acute trust’s crisis hit critical care services, HSJ can reveal.

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Doctors at covid crisis trust accused of dodging ICU work

A medical leader at England’s largest acute trust has warned fellow doctors that its ‘priority is now [intensive care] at [the] expense of dropping all activities’, and suggested that some are avoiding critical care work.

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Exclusive: First two trusts lined up to deliver 24/7 covid jabs

Two hospital trusts in the Midlands are being lined up to pilot a 24-hour covid vaccine service, HSJ has learned.

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NHS England: Hospitals must ‘surge’ ICU so other regions don’t have to ration care

NHS England has asked hospitals across the country to open hundreds more intensive care beds so they can take in patients from the hardest hit areas, to prevent those patches having to ration access.

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Trust with largest ICU redeploys 200 doctors as it faces being ‘overwhelmed’

The trust with the country’s largest intensive care unit capacity is set to redeploy 200 doctors as it faces being “overwhelmed” by covid-19 patients.

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Exclusive: Region could run out of critical care beds in two weeks

Hospitals in the Midlands could exceed their maximum number of critical care beds in just two weeks, data leaked to HSJ indicates.


Hour-plus ambulance to A&E transfers double in a week

The number of ambulance handovers taking longer than an hour have almost doubled in just one week, the latest figures have revealed.

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Hospital acquired covid infections hit record high

The number of covid-19 infections likely to have been acquired in hospital are rising again for the first time in three weeks and their proportion of all cases has reached record levels for the second wave, HSJ can reveal.


10 new hospital vaccine sites revealed

Ten more hospitals are to start giving the Pfizer covid vaccine, including two in coronavirus ‘hot spots’.

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Covid deaths surge at ‘special measures’ trust which ‘escaped’ first wave

Covid deaths at a small Midlands hospital trust have quadrupled in less than two weeks, putting it higher than nearly all its peers.