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The Ward Round: Is a mandatory covid jab for staff inevitable?

Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, ensures you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping the workforce.

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CIA hunt for Bin Laden and pharma experimentation has fed distrust of govt vaccine policy among NHS staff

An ambulance trust has cited ‘mistrust’ of government and national healthcare policy as one of the factors driving lower vaccine uptake among its ethnic minority staff, linking concerns to historic international controversies around vaccination programmes.


Thousands of London’s 999 calls answered by other regions

Thousands of calls have been redirected from London’s ambulance trust to providers in other regions in “unprecedented” levels of sustained support, leaked data has revealed.


Exclusive: Leak reveals urgent care patients face 30-hour waits because of covid pressures

Patients calling NHS 111 in London could face a 30-hour wait before being admitted to a hospital bed, the capital’s ambulance service has warned.


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.


Ambulance chiefs tell hospitals it's 'not acceptable to delay transfers' due to covid

Ambulance bosses say patients are being put in ‘dangerous’ situations, as tighter infection control measures and busy emergency departments have left them waiting up to three-and-a-half hours to be transferred.

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Region predicts it needs 1,000 more beds to meet winter demand

NHS leaders in the West Midlands claim 1,000 new hospital beds are needed to meet expected demand over the coming winter.

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The NHS digital agenda in the covid era

An HSJ webinar, supported by Pulse Secure, found there has been a real acceleration in digitisation in many organisations – but whether that progress is consistent across the system remains unclear


Cybersecurity in the covid-19 era

Covid has brought with it the potential of more threats but not all organisations are equally well positioned to respond


Exclusive: Fear covid pods could explode

The NHS spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on isolation pods for transporting infectious patients — but they have gone unused through the covid pandemic amid fears they could explode.


Ambulance response fastest ever as demand wanes

Ambulance response times were some of the best ever seen last month – as the extra demand imposed by covid-19 had started to diminish and patients called the service less than last year.


Ambulance waiting times soared in March as calls hit record high

The response time for the commonest ambulance call out rose 45 per cent in March nationally and almost trebled in London, the centre of the coronavirus pandemic.


Ambulance trust seeks 1,000 staff to cope with coronavirus

An ambulance trust is seeking 1,000 extra workers and volunteers to help it through the coming weeks, as it copes with the peak of the coronavirus crisis.

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HEE appoints interim chief after Cumming steps down

Wendy Reid will take over from Ian Cumming as Health Education England’s acting chief executive, it has been announced.


Revealed: The areas with the longest waits for emergency ambulances

The local areas where patients are waiting the longest for ambulances have been publicly identified for the first time by an HSJ investigation.

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Exclusive: Most NHS computers running decade-old version of Windows

The NHS has been given another 11 months of support for a decade-old version of Microsoft Windows, while about half of its computers are still running the softfware, HSJ can reveal.

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HEE chief to step down after eight years

Health Education England’s chief executive has announced he is leaving the education and training provider at the end of next March.

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NHSE reviewing patient transport contracting after string of failures

NHS England has ordered a review into the cost of patient transport services and the way they are commissioned, following a string of market failures.


Warning over effect of holiday pay ruling

NHS Providers has warned that trusts will need extra funding if changes to how holiday pay is calculated go ahead.

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Trust spend on compulsory redundancies rises by 8pc

Trust spend on compulsory redundancies increased by 8 per cent — or £3.3m — last year, analysis reveals.