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STP rows back on ‘no longer credible’ bed cuts

2019-11-15T06:40:00+00:00By 6 comments

Plans to cut more than 500 beds from Derbyshire have been abandoned after NHS leaders admitted such measures were “no longer credible”.

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Exclusive: NHS scrambles funding to help hospitals with winter crisis

2019-11-15T06:31:00+00:00By 1 comments

The health service is scrambling to provide additional funding to some hospitals to mitigate a crisis in emergency departments – despite the government not providing a formal “winter fund” this year – HSJ has learned.

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Daily Insight: Winter (funding) is coming (ish)


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Live videos from trauma scenes halve air ambulance use


Live videos streamed from major incidents such as stabbings and car crashes to 999 control rooms in London have helped paramedics prioritise air ambulance dispatches to patients in most urgent need of care.

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Exclusive: Labour will be ‘pragmatic’ on private outsourcing

2019-11-14T06:56:00+00:00By 1 comments

Labour’s prospective health secretary says he will be a “pragmatist” when it comes to routine NHS operations being outsourced to private hospitals.

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Senior ICS leader to step down and ‘swim Alcatraz’

2019-11-14T07:13:00+00:00By 4 comments

A senior leader within the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West integrated care system has announced she will step down from her roles next year.

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Trust drops £50m contract to reshape around ICS

2019-11-14T11:37:00+00:00By 1 comments

A west midlands trust is set to lose roughly 20 per cent of its income after deciding not to renew a mental health contract, as two providers reshape around the patches of their integrated care systems.

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Trust rated ‘good’ two years after merger


Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust has achieved a “good” rating overall following its first Care Quality Commission inspection as a single organisation - down from the “outstanding” held by one of its predecessor trusts.

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Pre-election figures show record-low A&E performance

2019-11-14T11:26:00+00:004 comments

The NHS recorded another record low against the four-hour target and a huge number of trolley waits for last month, according to the last major data release before next month’s election published today.

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Daily Insight: ‘Good’ news, Birmingham


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Labour voices ‘respect’ for NHS chief Simon Stevens

2019-11-13T17:37:00+00:00By 7 comments

Labour’s leadership says it has a “very good relationship” with NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens, and has highlighted his record working for the party during Tony Blair’s government.

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NHS ‘preparing’ for contractors’ tax status row

2019-11-13T12:57:00+00:00By 10 comments

NHS England and Improvement are reviewing contractors’ tax statuses, and say they are “prepared for every possible outcome”, after NHS Digital was hit with a £4.3m IR35-related bill.

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Manchester devo health chief quits

2019-11-13T13:37:00+00:00By 9 comments

The leader of Greater Manchester’s devolved health and care system is leaving to join a local authority, he has announced.


STP and ICS plans still being ‘refined’ as deadline pushed back

2019-11-13T12:46:00+00:00By 3 comments

Finalisation and publication of five-year system plans – setting out how each area will implement the NHS long-term plan – will be delayed by at least a month, officials have told HSJ.

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Long-serving hospital chief takes over national agency

2019-11-13T04:56:00+00:00By 13 comments

A former long-serving NHS chief executive has taken over the NHS Leadership Academy as interim lead.

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Daily Insight: I love deadlines


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Trust and NHSI investigating weekend death rates gap

2019-11-12T05:18:00+00:00By Alison Moore5 comments

An acute trust is investigating a “significant” gap between mortality rates for patients admitted at weekends and those admitted during the week – which it says could be partly due to lack of “wrap around” services in the community on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Pensions crisis ‘washing away’ medical students boost, says top doctor

2019-11-12T12:42:00+00:00By 6 comments

The NHS pensions crisis has almost “washed away” the benefit from the government expanding medical trainee numbers and opening new medical schools, one of the UK’s top doctors has warned.

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Labour plans second fastest funding growth in NHS’ history

2019-11-12T22:30:00+00:00By 11 comments

Labour has pledged to increase NHS England’s budget by an average 3.9 per cent per year in real terms over the next four years if it forms the next government.

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FT considered selling on bad debt from private patients

2019-11-12T05:23:00+00:00By 8 comments

Directors at a foundation trust considered selling on its bad debts from private and overseas patients for collection, board papers reveal.