Dave is HSJ’s deputy editor and leads our news and intelligence team. His own work focusses on NHS England, integration and primary care. He had won a number of journalism awards and was named one of the top 10 journalists on Twitter by the Press Gazette. Dave has expetise on areas including acute care, quality, and informatics.
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NHS England is considering a stricter approach to clinical commissioning group mergers, which would drive a reduction from 191 to around 40.
The number of health systems led by serving acute trust bosses has more than halved in the past three years, with many more now having a dedicated executive leader.
There is only one person with a black or minority ethnic background among all the executive leads and chairs of sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems, according to HSJ analysis.
The new prime minister has made “hospital upgrades” a focus in his first speech as prime minister and ”ensuring the money for the NHS really does get the frontline”.
Hospital trusts are continuing to allow patients to pay to have procedures which are banned or tightly restricted on the NHS, sparking a protest letter from NHS England.
The first NHS targets for reducing the disproportionate share of black and minority ethnic staff being subject to disciplinary cases have been set by NHS England, which has also told trusts to reduce unnecessary disciplinary action overall.
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The chief executive of a city council which had previously suspended its involvement in an integrated care system has been appointed to one of its leadership posts.
The newly-appointed NHS chief operating officer is taking up the role on a secondment basis and has told staff at her trust she expects to “return to the trust after a period working at national level”, HSJ has learned.
The chair of NHS England has called on politicians to back a £50bn government “bond” for infrastructure spending, saying the service is “capital starved”.