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Ex-DH boss declares ‘scandal’ in mental healthcare

A shortage of beds for mental health patients – leaving them waiting in emergency departments for more than 12 hours – is a national “scandal”, according to one of the NHS’ most senior and experienced leaders.

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CQC demands trust act as patients wait up to eight days for a bed

A mental health trust has closed its patient waiting area due to a threat from the Care Quality Commission, which its chief has said will mean people waiting longer in A&E.

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Trusts hire ‘big four’ consultants to advise on joint working

Two mental health trusts have hired management consultants to look at how they can be more involved in joint working, HSJ can reveal.

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Serious incident declared over cancer diagnostics backlog

A serious incident has been declared at a trust after a backlog in scans delayed five patients’ cancer diagnosis.

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NHSE sets first targets to cut BME disciplinary cases

The first NHS targets for reducing the disproportionate share of black and minority ethnic staff being subject to disciplinary cases have been set by NHS England, which has also told trusts to reduce unnecessary disciplinary action overall.

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Trusts bid to take on CCG budgets

Three London trusts are in talks with clinical commissioning groups to take on responsibility for local mental health budgets, HSJ can reveal.

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Neighbouring trusts enter into 'strategic alliance'

Two London trusts have entered into a “strategic alliance”, they announced this week.

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London Eye: 'Closer working'

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover

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Trio of private providers fight for £2.2bn London contract

Three bidders have been shortlisted for one of the biggest NHS pathology contracts, HSJ can reveal.

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Trust fined after patient repeatedly stabbed staff

A trust has been fined £300,000 after two healthcare workers were repeatedly stabbed by a patient at a medium secure forensic unit.

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Eight trusts tender £2bn pathology contract amid network shake-up

An NHS pathology contract worth more than £2bn has been put on the market with the aim of linking eight trusts’ laboratory services.

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Revealed: Hundreds of children wait more than a year for specialist help

Hundreds of young people assessed as needing specialist mental health treatment have been made to wait more than a year, an investigation by HSJ can reveal.

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Hospital boss takes mental health role

A hospital boss has taken a job as chief executive of a nearby mental health trust.

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Three trust partnership finds £4m investment for community services

New models of working between three London mental health trusts has delivered new investment in services worth more than £4m, HSJ has learned.

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Three trusts plan to take control of £80m complex care spending

A partnership of mental health trusts could take over responsibility for £80m of commissioner spending as part of plans to reduce the number of patients in secure rehabilitation wards, HSJ can reveal.

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Deficit trust borrowing £95m to cover overspend

A £539m turnover trust will need to borrow £95.5m in 2017-18 to achieve its financial targets, it has revealed.

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New chief executive for finance investigation trust

A new chief executive has been appointed to a London hospital trust that recently had an investigation into its financial governance.

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Trusts to invest millions in new children's mental health model

A partnership of mental health trusts is investing £3m a year into community provision as part of a pilot scheme to improve children and young people’s services.

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Roundtable: How best to support patients at home to ease the burden on the NHS?

People with long-term conditions often prefer home care. Yet inadequate support means they often end up in hospital, at a cost to the NHS. Our expert panellists discussed how this problem can be addressed. By Alison Moore