The chief executive of a small acute trust has described the “terrifying situation” faced by ambulance crews and hospital staff in trying to provide adequate emergency care as coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the local NHS services.
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Nine English NHS trusts now have at least half their adult acute beds occupied by covid-positive patients, with admissions still growing in every case.
There are 14 hospital trusts on course to have at least a third of their beds filled by covid patients on New Year’s Eve.
The number of covid-19 infections likely to have been acquired in hospital are rising again for the first time in three weeks and their proportion of all cases has reached record levels for the second wave, HSJ can reveal.
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.
A nurse has been charged with eight counts of murder, and 10 counts of attempted murder, following an investigation into a number of baby deaths at a hospital in the north west of England.
Local NHS leaders have publicly hit out at politicians for questioning the need for a second national lockdown, with one chief executive inviting MPs to either visit her hospital to see the pressures themselves, or to ‘sod off’.
Several NHS trusts have waited up to a week to find out if their patients have covid-19 after experiencing delays at local laboratories, HSJ has learned.
NHS providers were given 40 official warnings because regulators believed they were failing to protect staff from violence, injury and hazardous substances in the past two years, HSJ can reveal.
Around two-thirds of NHS providers were found to be breaking laws aimed at protecting staff from violence and aggression, when inspected by the Health and Safety Executive, information released to HSJ reveals.
The finance director who opted to quit his hospital trust to ”be held to account” has now decided not to resign after all.
A former chief executive of the NHS, Sir Duncan Nichol, is to retire after 56 years working in the health service.
The first NHS targets for reducing the disproportionate share of black and minority ethnic staff being subject to disciplinary cases have been set by NHS England, which has also told trusts to reduce unnecessary disciplinary action overall.
Police have rearrested a woman on suspicion of murder of eight babies and attempted murder of nine other infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust.
Hospital trusts along the Welsh border are at risk of losing millions of pounds this year, as a cross-border dispute over tariffs drags on.
The medical director at The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has been appointed as chief executive.
A breakdown by area of acute and combined trusts based on the share of employees experiencing violence from patients, relatives or the public in the last 12 months, according to the NHS staff survey 2018.
Below is a breakdown of acute and combined trusts by the share of staff saying they had witnessed potentially harmful errors, near misses or incidents in the last month, in the 2018 NHS staff survey.