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.
Ambulance trusts will not hit most of their new response time targets for “another two years” largely because of significant workforce shortages, a sector leader has told HSJ.
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Commissioners have awarded a £48m contract for out of hours GP and 111 services to a consortium of public and private providers including an acute trust.
A “model ambulance” is to be created to tackle variation across England’s 10 ambulance trusts.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
Ambulance service performance has slumped over the past year as trusts struggle to cope with an 18 per cent rise in the most serious cases.
Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell
PERFORMANCE: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust’s NHS 111 service has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.
PATIENT SAFETY: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has served notice on its current out of hours medical contract with Gloucestershire CCG because it can no longer “offer a safe and effective service” for patients, HSJ has learned.
REGULATION: NHS Improvement has launched an investigation into South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust, following allegations made by a whistleblower.
This is a full list of trusts’ scores on the new digital maturity index, based on HSJ analysis of NHS England data.
NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is to review the current waiting times standards for elective care, the organisation’s chief executive Simon Stevens has announced.
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PERFORMANCE: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust is predicting a reduced performance rating from Monitor after a surge in 999 calls over winter and a large increase in the length handover delays.
An ambulance trust chief executive has warned that the lack of a national funding scheme for training paramedics could only exacerbate workforce shortages if it is not tackled.