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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Several major hospital trusts are telling staff to use personal protective equipment in a wider set of areas than recommended by current national guidance, amid staff concern and reports of doctors refusing work without it.
Attendances at NHS emergency departments have fallen sharply as the coronavirus outbreak has gathered pace in the UK, new data has revealed.
Talks are under way between NHS England and independent sector providers about how to best use their capacity if coronavirus causes a surge in demand.
Delaying “postponable” appointments and encouraging early discharge feature in the government’s action plan for coronavirus covid-19 transmission becoming established in the UK population.
The government has been warned that current NHS People Plan proposals will not solve serious problems in cancer care because they don’t go far enough in making commitments to growing staff numbers, HSJ has learned.
The NHS can expect a phased implementation of new operational targets from April — instead of a full switchover on day one — NHS England’s number two has said.
Integrated care systems cannot focus purely on transformation, and will gradually move to taking on performance management jobs from NHS England and Improvement, the regulators’ number two has said.
Ministers need to work out how to curb NHS England’s power and responsibilities - but by devolving it, not taking it for themselves - writes HSJ deputy editor Dave West.
GP contract update: Concerns have been raised about plans in the new GP contract for an “as close to real-time as possible” measure of patient experience in general practice, said to have been propelled by Boris Johnson’s number 10.
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.