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Leak reveals hour-long ambulance delays have quadrupled in 12 months

Ambulance handover delays lasting more than 60 minutes have quadrupled compared to this time last year, according to internal NHS data.

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Acute trust chair steps down amid ICS creation

The chair of Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust will step down earlier than planned to allow his successor to start the role when integrated care systems are formally established.

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Trusts drop business rates battle against councils

Eleven NHS trusts have dropped a long-running bid to pay business rates at a discount usually reserved for charities, according to the Local Government Association.

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Revealed: The seven trusts getting £6m each for tech improvements

Seven trusts will receive £6m each over the next three years in the second phase of Matt Hancock’s plan to improve IT infrastructure in the health service.

Cheltenham general hospital

ICS to push ahead with contentious reconfiguration

Several acute services are set to be centralised in a partial ‘hot/cold split’ after local health chiefs recommended a controversial reconfiguration between two district general hospitals.

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Stevens condemns videoing of ‘empty’ hospitals

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has launched a blistering attack on people who post videos of ‘empty’ hospitals online claiming they show the NHS is not under pressure from covid.

Gloucestershire Royal hospital

Hospital trust tightens covid measures and sounds alarm over growing pressure

A hospital trust has warned it is facing ‘huge pressure’ as it must convert more wards to covid-only, and has more than 100 ‘medically fit’ patients who have not been discharged.

Emergency, service redesign, A&E

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.

Gloucestershire Royal hospital

Trust declares critical incident over ‘relentless demand’

A trust has declared a critical incident after experiencing “relentless demand” on urgent and emergency care, months after downgrading one of its emergency departments.

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Securing the NHS pivot to digital: the questions boards should be asking now

Richard Strong, managing director, EMEA, Allscripts, argues trusts boards should be “very positive” about the health tech response to the first wave of covid-19; but they need to act now to secure recent gains for the NHS reset.

Cheltenham general hospital

Trust to ‘temporarily’ downgrade A&E amid concerns of permanent move

A trust will temporarily downgrade one of its A&E departments ahead of a potential second spike of covid-19 cases – but there are fears the move could become permanent.

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New areas emerge as hotspots for ‘excess deaths’

New areas have emerged as hotspots for excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new analysis of care home statistics by HSJ.

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Eleven trusts renew £1.5bn court battle with their local councils

Eleven hospital trusts are continuing a High Court action against their local authorities, by seeking to appeal a previous ruling that denied them an estimated £1.5bn in backdated business rates.

Climate change

NHS England hires panel to set ‘net zero carbon’ date

An expert panel will this year set “a practical, evidence-based and ambitious date for the NHS to reach net zero” carbon dioxide emissions, NHS England has announced.

Pathology

Region rejects regulator’s efficiency proposal

Pathologists in the west of England are set to ditch national proposals to centralise their laboratories after describing the idea as worse than the present situation.

Cutlery

ICS cracks down on use of 2m pieces of plastic cutlery

An integrated care system is aiming to cut its use of plastic cutlery, gloves and gowns as part of wide-ranging environmental sustainability plans, HSJ has learned.

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Former NHS Providers chair to lead ICS

Outgoing NHS Providers chair Dame Gill Morgan has been appointed independent chair of a south western integrated care system.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

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Success on one-year waits, but waiting list grows to record-breaking size

The English NHS achieved its important ambition to halve the number of one-year waiters during 2018-19. However, the underlying waiting list continued to grow, reaching record levels and frustrating the other main ambition for elective waits. By Rob Findlay