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Victim’s family questions why mortuary sex abuser was not detected earlier

The sister of one of David Fuller’s hospital mortuary victims has questioned why his crimes were not uncovered earlier.

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Javid announces independent inquiry into mortuary sex offences

The government is to effectively take over the independent investigation into David Fuller’s mortuary crimes – but has stopped short of ordering a public inquiry.

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Inspection raised no security concerns at mortuary where bodies were sexually abused

An inspection of the mortuary where dozens of bodies were sexually abused found no major security issues, HSJ can reveal.

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Former trust CEO to lead investigation into mortuary offences

The news of David Fuller’s assaults came as a horrendous shock to senior leaders at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust. But their ability to respond has been limited because of the need to keep the offences secret until the murder trial had concluded.

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Exclusive: The full story of David Fuller’s mortuary attacks

HSJ first learned of David Fuller’s crimes in June this year, but agreed to a request by Kent police not to publish before his trial concluded. We can now reveal all that we discovered.

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Javid approves hospital reconfiguration after two year delay

Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead to a controversial stroke reconfiguration, more than two years after plans were agreed by the NHS locally.

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100 corpses sexually abused in two NHS mortuaries over 12 year period

A man who murdered two women 34 years ago went on to sexually abuse 100 female corpses in hospital mortuaries, taking videos and images of his crimes, HSJ can reveal.

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Trusts recruit extra midwives as baby boom hits

Trusts in the South East are recruiting additional midwives as this year’s birth rates soar, with an increase of more than 20 per cent in women booking to give birth at one trust.

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Trust forecasts June surge in covid patients will be on a par with April 2020 peak

A trust in the South East is forecasting it will be treating as many covid patients in June as it was at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic last April.

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Patients left waiting after specialist trust closed outpost centre 20 miles away

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.

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How one trust vaccinated 6,400 staff in nine days

Mildred Johnson outlines how Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust implemented a covid-19 vaccine deployment programme

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Covid crisis forces suspension of maternity services

Some trusts in London and the South East are closing standalone birth centres and warning they cannot support home births because of high levels of demand for ambulance services from covid patients.

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Revealed: the nine hospital trusts where covid patients fill at least half the beds

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.

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36 trusts see covid admissions rise by 20pc plus in a week

Thirty-six hospital trusts saw covid-19 admissions grow by more than a fifth last week, of which more than half have at least 10 per cent of beds occupied by covid patients.

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Four trusts cancel planned operations as covid pressures mount

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.

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Hancock delays decision on controversial reconfiguration for 14 months

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”.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: MSK Care Initiative of the Year

Ten million people in the UK suffer pain and/or disability from knee and/or hip osteoarthritis. Enabling Self-management & Coping with Arthritis Pain using Exercise, ESCAPE-pain, is a rehabilitation programme that combines education, self-management strategies and exercise.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Finance Team of the Year

Over the past 18 months the Sherwood Forest Hospital’s finance team has focused on ‘Working towards excellence’.

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Teaching trust’s top nurse leaves after 15 years

A major teaching hospital trust’s chief nurse has stepped down after 15 years.

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Staff shortage leads to emergency reconfiguration of stroke services

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.