There is a lack of consistent guidelines or structured national guidance to aid doctors when transferring critically ill patients to specialist units, according to a Healthcare Safety Investigation Board report.
An expert panel is reviewing records of hundreds of patients who died after heart surgery at a major teaching trust, whose cardiac unit is grappling with severe quality and culture concerns, HSJ can reveal.
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
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