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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Older people’s care specialists, including an outgoing national clinical director, have raised concerns about “rowing back” on long-term plan commitments on community services.
Matt Hancock has announced a new “digital aspirant” programme, to invest in technology in “many more hospitals”, as opposed to “just the leading trusts” which have been the focus in recent years.
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A trust which has faced serious care quality concerns in recent years has appointed a permanent chair, who will start recruitment for a new chief executive.
Patient, staff and NHS groups have joined with NHS England to ask government to put forward an “NHS integrated care bill”, which would scrap big chunks of the last major piece of health legislation.
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.