The medical director of a successful foundation trust is being brought in to run Medway Foundation Trust for 18 months.
Boris Johnson has appointed a new health adviser, well known to NHS health policy circles. Samantha Jones – former NHS England director and hospital chief – is to leave the private sector and move into the civil service.
The chief executive of one of the NHS’ most troubled trusts is to leave shortly — a few weeks after a critical Care Quality Commission report into its emergency department services.
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.
Staff at a hard-pressed accident and emergency department were left feeling demoralised and unsupported by the actions of the senior leadership team, the Care Quality Commission has found.
The Care Quality Commission has issued a warning notice over emergency care delays — particularly ambulance handovers — to one of the trusts hardest hit by coronavirus pressures in recent months.
East Kent University Hospitals Foundation Trust reported 1,955 mixed sex accommodation breaches in November, the month before the new variant of the virus caused a huge increase in covid admissions across the county.
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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The number of ambulance handovers taking longer than an hour have almost doubled in just one week, the latest figures have revealed.
Ten more hospitals are to start giving the Pfizer covid vaccine, including two in coronavirus ‘hot spots’.
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.
More than half of the beds at a trust serving an area with some of the UK’s highest covid rates are now occupied by patients with the disease.
Eleven patients have suffered harm after being kept waiting in ambulances outside accident and emergency departments, a review has found.
The rate that England’s acute hospital beds are filling with covid patients has slowed down nationally — but a handful of trusts are still reporting growing occupancy rates despite four weeks of national lockdown.
A clinical commissioning group has admitted there were problems with the handling of a dermatology contract which needed to be suspended because of patient safety concerns after little more than a year.
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 hospital trust struggling under an influx of covid patients has denied it declared a critical incident after confusion about how it had responded to extreme pressure over the last few days.