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Healthcare professional arrested on suspicion of murdering stroke patient

A healthcare professional at Blackpool Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a stroke patient.

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North by North West: Hancock’s grubby intervention over A&E closure

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Covid occupancy rates grow at outlier trusts while trend flattens nationally

The rate that England’s acute hospital beds are filling with covid patients has slowed down nationally — but a handful of trusts are still reporting growing occupancy rates despite four weeks of national lockdown.

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Trust becomes first to see a third of beds filled by covid patients during second wave

Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust has more than a third of its general and acute beds occupied by covid patients, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS data.

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Revealed: Eight hospital trusts with more covid patients than in the spring

Eight hospital trusts have surpassed the level of covid-19 patients in general acute beds which they recorded in the spring peak, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS England data.

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Exclusive: Doctors accuse trust of caving to political pressure to reopen ‘unsafe’ A&E

Senior clinicians say their trust board has caved into political pressure by making an ‘unsafe’ decision to re-open a small emergency department — having previously suggested this would not happen if there was a second wave of coronavirus.

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Liverpool admissions flatten as covid accelerates in Manchester, Yorkshire and Notts

Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire are now seeing the highest numbers of new coronavirus cases in hospital, while Liverpool Cheshire and Merseyside – hit early in the second wave — has seen a drop in new cases in recent days.

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New site for pathology hub as PwC criticise ‘crude’ selection process

A new location has been chosen to create a centralised hub for pathology services in Lancashire, after a consultancy firm criticised a ‘ crude’ process in which another site was previously identified.

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Fifty people each day catching covid in region’s hospitals

The North West region is now seeing around 50 new cases of coronavirus per day that are likely to have been caught in hospital by patients being treated for other conditions.

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Overcrowded A&Es ‘much more dangerous now because of covid’

Emergency departments across England are suffering ‘dangerous’ overcrowding comparable with pre-covid levels - and are struggling to maintain social distancing.

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Government steps towards new A&E targets

Ministers have given the green light for NHS England and Improvement to consult before December on a proposed new basket of metrics to replace the four-hour accident and emergency target.

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Exclusive: Major A&E shake-up plans to be rolled out in coming weeks

Pilots for a new urgent care model requiring walk-in patients to book slots in emergency departments are expected to be rolled out in at least one site in every health system in the coming weeks, HSJ has learned.

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Bullying, bad behaviour and broken IT uncovered at worst trusts for junior doctors

Regulators have uncovered multiple examples of patients being put at risk when junior doctors are left with tasks they are not trained for, lacking support, and facing bullying and inappropriate behaviour.

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Ex-regulator chief returns from Qatar to lead integrated care system

The former chief executive of the Trust Development Authority has been appointed to chair an integrated care system in the North West.

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Scent of a scandal

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Five trusts fail four-hour target in more than half of A&E cases

An unprecedented five trusts saw less than half of their accident and emergency attendances within four hours in December, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Pensions crisis and staff shortages trigger record low cancer performance

A shortage of radiologists, pensions issues and rising demand have driven the worst breast cancer wait times for at least nine years, some of the worst performing trusts told HSJ.

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North by North West: Struggling to adapt

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North by North West: Why Liverpool missed out

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Eight CCGs to merge to make ‘really tricky decisions’

System leaders have drawn up plans to merge eight clinical commissioning groups into one organisation, to take some “really tricky decisions”.