Pathology chiefs in the West Midlands have tendered a major contract despite uncertainty over whether they will follow NHS Improvement’s recommendations about which trusts will be in their network.
Two trusts in neighbouring sustainability and transformation partnerships have confirmed they aim to merge in early 2018, following the outcome of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority.
More than a quarter of hospital trusts are now routinely delaying payments to their suppliers because of cash flow problems, analysis by HSJ reveals.
The rollout of a multimillion pound vanguard project imaging system to University Hospitals Leicester Trust led to a 30,000 backlog in image reports, HSJ has learned.
Virgin Care has demanded more money for a controversial prime provider contract it signed with commissioners in Staffordshire last year, HSJ has learned.
Doctors have been forced to send images from patient scans on DVDs in taxis to neighbouring hospitals after a £30m IT system failed across eight hospitals.
A trust in the East Midlands has become the latest to reveal it has hundreds of neurology patients overdue follow up appointments due to a lack of capacity.
A trust in Staffordshire has been forced to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in VAT charges due to a controversial “prime provider” contract commissioned by its CCG.
Another trust in the West Midlands has raised concerns over under pressure neurology services with hundreds of people waiting for an appointment.
More than 1,000 patients have been left waiting for follow up appointments because of capacity problems at a struggling specialist service.
A commissioning leader from the North West has been appointed as director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ has learned.
Two hospital trusts in the Midlands have approved an outline business case to merge.
Fewer than one in five trusts placed in special measures because of inadequate care have improved quickly enough to be removed within 12 months, as originally intended, HSJ analysis reveals.
A Midlands clinical commissioning group is locked in a contract dispute with Virgin Care over a controversial “prime provider” contract awarded last year, HSJ has learned.
Two NHS trusts in the Midlands are working on proposals to work closer together, including a potential full merger, HSJ understands.
Twenty four emergency departments - around 15 per cent of the national total - could be closed or downgraded in the next four years, according to HSJ analysis.
The leader of Staffordshire’s sustainability and transformation plan has resigned ahead of the five year strategy being published.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.