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Trust and NHSI investigating weekend death rates gap

An acute trust is investigating a “significant” gap between mortality rates for patients admitted at weekends and those admitted during the week – which it says could be partly due to lack of “wrap around” services in the community on Saturdays and Sundays.

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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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‘High risk’ estates maintenance cost continues to spiral

The cost of fixing NHS buildings to avoid serious injuries to patients and major disruption to clinical services continues to rise and outstrip the NHS’ investment in estates maintenance, new figures reveal.

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Trust’s management blasted by outgoing director

An acute trust’s outgoing director of infection prevention and control has warned infection control was “not driven from the centre of the organisation” and that a lack of engagement from managers, and the medical and nursing establishment went “under the radar”.

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NHS trusts owe government £14bn

Heavily-indebted NHS providers are bidding to restructure their loans with the Department of Health and Social Care, albeit with little prospect of them being written off.

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Social enterprise’s service lands trust in trouble with regulators

A social enterprise’s poorly-performing type 3 service is weighing down an acute trust’s overall A&E performance – and getting it into trouble with its regulators.

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Stroke unit shutting down early after losing staff

A Kent stroke unit is to close seven months earlier than planned, as the loss of staff is putting patient safety at risk.

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Breast cancer target performance drops 10pp in a year

Performance against a target for the NHS to quickly see patients with suspected breast cancer fell by more than 10 percentage points in the last financial year, new data reveals.

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Exclusive: Government pledges more NHS bailouts amid growing audit concerns

The government has intervened to reassure NHS trusts they will continue to be bailed out, following increasing concerns from auditors over their operational viability, HSJ has learned.

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New CEO for trust with large deficit

Medway Foundation Trust has announced it has appointed its interim chief executive to the role permanently.

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Patients struggling to contact new provider after service transfer

Patients have claimed they have been left hanging on the telephone for hours after a dermatology service was transferred to a new provider.

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Trust hits waiting time target in just 8pc of cases

A trust has apologised to patients after its performance against the two-week waiting time target for symptomatic breast referrals fell to less than 8 per cent.

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Exclusive: Nearly 3,300 patients in 'harm review' for merged service

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.

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Trust blames coding problems for high death rate

A review of deaths at a trust with elevated mortality rates has suggested coding issues, and not care quality, as the likely cause, HSJ has been told.

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Regional stroke plans given the green light

Controversial plans to create three hyperacute stroke units in Kent and Medway have been approved, but could still face a judicial review.

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Former union boss made interim hospital chair

A former union boss has been appointed interim chair of a London district general hospital.

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'Unaffordable' urgent care procurement halted

Procurement of urgent treatment centres and GP out-of-hours services across two clinical commissioning groups has been discontinued – because the money on offer was not enough to attract providers.

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STP could miss planned deficit by more than £35m

The Kent and Medway health economy is likely to end the year with a net deficit of at least £113m, nearly £36m worse than previously forecast.

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Regional pathology services shake-up revealed

Pathology services in Kent and Medway could be delivered with a private sector partner or outsourced under options being considered by the area’s four acute trusts.

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Plans to relocate stroke services could face judicial review

Controversial plans to halve the number of hospitals admitting stroke patients in Kent and Medway could face judicial review after mounting concerns from councillors about the proposals.