The government has failed to publish its requirements of the NHS by the deadline set in law for the first time.
Publication of nurse staffing levels at each hospital in England – introduced after the Francis Inquiry to boost safety – has been quietly dropped, HSJ can reveal.
NHS England’s data chief has told regulators he is “confident” any impact on the accuracy of the system’s accident and emergency data of increasing zero day admissions would be “very minimal”.
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay