An estimated extra quarter of a million patients a year could be referred to the private sector under new waiting list rules, HSJ analysis has revealed.
Commissioners have told a local hospital trust to close a temporary operating theatre opened to reduce elective waits because it was proving too expensive.
The shortlist for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2019 has been announced today.
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