A trust has said it ‘cannot fully explain’ a high mortality rate which has led it to seek support from intelligence firm Dr Foster and a royal college.
Scores of patients have been left waiting more than a year for treatment and hundreds more making lengthy journeys, after a specialist foundation trust closed its outpost treatment centre based in another trust 20 miles away.
A specialist trust has freed up 29 theatre sessions a week so cancer surgery from nearby providers can continue during the covid pandemic.
A hospital in the South East today declared a level of critical care alert meaning that it may be forced into ‘refusal or withdrawal of critical care due to resource limitation’ because it has been ‘overwhelmed’ — but later claimed it was an ”administrative error”.
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.
All non-urgent elective operations are being postponed for at least two weeks in a health system still seeing significant and growing pressure from coronavirus.
Several trusts serving areas with high rates of covid will not be getting any vaccine this week, having been removed from a national list of “hub” sites where the first doses are to be given.
The health secretary has yet to make a decision on a contested reconfiguration plan, despite having received official advice on it nearly 14 months ago and the local NHS warning delays would lead to “avoidable death”.
A new trauma unit could be set up in Kent and Medway because of increasing need for services in south London and north west Kent.
A hospital is to stop providing acute stroke services from the end of this month after all but one of its specialist stroke nurses handed in their notice.
Trusts across Kent and Medway have drawn back from changes to pathology services which could have led to greater centralisation and even outsourcing.
Campaigners fighting a regional centralisation of stroke services have lost their judicial review.
A royal college’s review of quality concerns at a pathology service — first approved in September 2018 — has yet to get underway, HSJ has been told.
Trusts have blamed a lack of time and staff capacity for long delays in implementing national safety alerts, according to a report shared with HSJ.
A controversial reconfiguration of stroke services in Kent and Medway will be delayed by over a year, regardless of whether an ongoing court case forces NHS organisations to change their current plans.
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A Kent stroke unit is to close seven months earlier than planned, as the loss of staff is putting patient safety at risk.
The Royal College of Pathologists has been called in to review a merged pathology service which has had to recall thousands of patients for repeat blood tests.
Waiting time performance for major emergency admissions at one London trust has deteriorated by 29 percentage points in the last two years, HSJ can reveal.