Fresh concerns have been raised about how NHS England is conducting its controversial pilot of new accident and emergency standards.
Poor governance and cultural problems at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch have damaged staff morale and led to confused decision making according to multiple whistleblowers, who told HSJ it had also seen major delays to its reports and needed to be “put back on track”.
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