The Royal College of Surgeons has warned there may be too few critical care beds in England to cope with demand.
HSJ has identified 19 providers that have already established a subsidiary company to manage their estate, plus 16 that have told staff they are considering the move.
The majority of NHS hospital trusts have failed to hit the three key efficiency targets set out in the Carter review on time, HSJ research has found.
An acute trust has defended its decision to transfer 350 non-clinical staff to a newly established subsidiary company amid an accusation from a union that it has breached its licence.
Five trusts have been identified as offering a poor overall experience to patients in their accident and emergency departments, based on a new Care Quality Commission patient survey.
The government will distribute £181m to a second wave of digital trusts, the health secretary is expected to announce tomorrow.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
The merger of three NHS audit teams in the north east into a new specialist provider could become a model for other areas to follow, according to a trust finance director.
By using publicly available data, HSJ has been able to closely match the methodology used by Lord Carter to produce trusts’ headline “savings opportunity” figures. Here we list the least and most efficient trusts according to the headline measure, as well as data for all trusts.
STRUCTURE: The first new clinical commissioning group formed as a result of a merger comes into operation today.
STRUCTURE: Gateshead Health Foundation Trust is moving towards a more dementia friendly environment through new signage, lighting, handrails and contrasting colours in six work areas.
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FINANCE: Monitor has launched unrelated investigations into the finances at four foundation trusts in the north of England.
PERFORMANCE: Safeguarding experts are investigating why the number of unborn children subject to a child protection plan more than doubled to 65 over one quarter during 2014.
WORKFORCE: A specialist in gynaecological cancers has been appointed as the new medical director at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.
COMMERCIAL: Gateshead Health Foundation Trust has become one of the first UK trusts to sell its carbon trading credits after it reduced energy usage.
STRUCTURE: The main entrance at the Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital in Gateshead is to close for two years, while the hospital’s new £32m emergency care centre is constructed.
WORKFORCE: Bill Cunliffe, consultant surgeon and NHS North East planned care clinical innovation team lead, has been appointed senior responsible officer for the revalidation process in the North East.
PERFORMANCE: A new appointment reminder service is being introduced at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead to help cut down on the number of wasted appointments and save the hospital money.