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Region eyes devolved health powers


A combined local authority in the north east is seeking a Greater Manchester style devolution of powers over health and social care, in a bid to “reintroduce” services to one part of the region.


CQC to overhaul whistleblowing procedures

2020-01-23T06:04:00+00:00By Matt Discombe1 comments

The Care Quality Commission has pledged to overhaul its whistleblowing procedures after a report described as “wrong” its decision not to publish a critical inspection report about Whorlton Hall — years before alleged abuse was revealed there.

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Babylon and NHS trust reveal ‘digital-first integrated care’ deal

2020-01-23T00:03:00+00:00By 4 comments

Babylon has announced major plans to partner with a Midlands trust and launch “digital-first integrated care” across the region.


Ex-DH and trust director spared jail over degree lie

2020-01-23T14:46:00+00:00By 6 comments

A former Oxford hospitals trust director who admitted to a charge of fraud after lying about having a degree has been given a suspended sentence.

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New two-hour target to be piloted in seven areas


Seven pilot sites have been selected to develop NHS England’s new community care targets.

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Whistleblowing guardians ‘not given enough time’ by trusts

2020-01-23T11:00:00+00:00By Matt Discombe

Many “guardians” tasked with ensuring staff are supported when they speak out about safety concerns are not being given time to fulfil their roles by their trusts, a national head has said.


Interim boss appointed to NHS devolution pioneer


A new interim leader has been appointed to Greater Manchester’s devolved health and care system, with a permanent replacement for Jon Rouse expected to be appointed later this year.


Preferred bidder announced for £2.25bn contract

2020-01-22T17:25:00+00:00By 5 comments

An incumbent pathology provider looks set to lose its bid to retain a contract worth £2.25bn over 15 years.

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CQC considers criminal prosecution over trust’s maternity services

2020-01-22T14:00:00+00:00By Alison Moore2 comments

The Care Quality Commission is considering the prosecution of a hospital trust facing allegations of poor maternity care, HSJ can reveal.

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Hundreds of serious incidents recorded at struggling small trust

2020-01-22T12:34:00+00:00By 5 comments

One of the country’s smallest trusts recorded 277 serious incidents over a two-year period, HSJ can reveal.


Don’t bet on stroke target being met, says new national director

2020-01-22T12:44:00+00:00By , 1 comments

A new national clinical director has suggested it is unlikely a key long-term plan commitment over stroke care will be met, which could leave thousands of people severely disabled.

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Exclusive: Trusts told to join forces to boost overseas recruits

2020-01-22T05:44:00+00:00By 5 comments

Trusts have been told to collaborate with others to increase the “efficiency and scale” of international recruitment, in new national guidance shared with HSJ.

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CQC did not see damning maternity report for three years

2020-01-22T06:05:00+00:00By Alison Moore4 comments

The Care Quality Commission has said it only saw a damning report into a series of failings in a trust’s maternity services three years after it was written.

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Patient had wrong eye injected after software error

2020-01-21T06:24:00+00:00By 3 comments

Herefordshire clinicians injected a patient in the wrong eye after a technical blunder, board papers have revealed.


Commissioners U-turn over refusal to review patient death

2020-01-21T12:17:00+00:00By 4 comments

Commissioners have backtracked on a previous refusal to review the death of a patient with learning disabilities.

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Integration pioneer trust hires director to join up services

2020-01-21T12:23:00+00:00By 1 comments

A trust whose chief executive is also in charge of commissioning for its patch has appointed a director tasked with helping “join together” health and care services.

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NHS England asked ‘inadequate’ hospital to admit patient despite ban

2020-01-21T06:06:00+00:00By Matt Discombe2 comments

NHS England asked an “inadequate” hospital for people with learning disabilities and autism to admit a patient, despite the service having a “voluntary” ban on admissions in place — and shortly before inspectors decided to impose a legal restriction.

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Regulator denies conflict of interest over McKinsey appointment

2020-01-20T15:03:00+00:00By 9 comments

NHS England and Improvement believe there will be no conflict of interest from a senior partner at McKinsey becoming chair of an integrated care system, they have told HSJ.

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HIV transmissions fall after public health transferred to councils

2020-01-20T06:33:00+00:003 comments

A large fall in HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men has occurred since responsibility for providing sexual health services moved from the NHS to local government, data from Public Health England has revealed.


NICE interim chair appointed to hire new CEO


The government has appointed an interim chair to lead the board of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.