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Trusts spending £1m+ a year on settlement deals with gagging clauses

Trusts are still spending at least £1m a year on settlement agreements with staff containing ‘gagging clauses’, despite a crackdown on these conditions in recent years, HSJ research reveals.

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‘Trolley waits’ of 12 hours balloon to more than 5,000

Emergency departments reported more than 5,000 ‘trolley waits’ of at least 12 hours in September, the highest ever monthly total, and almost double the pre-covid record.


Neighbouring acute trusts work to dampen ‘rivalry’

Two major trusts which are widely perceived to have an intense local rivalry have been making efforts to improve their relations, according to the chair of one of the providers.

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Exclusive: Eight trusts now have one in 10 beds filled by covid patients

Eight hospital trusts have hit the point where one in 10 of their beds is occupied by a patient with coronavirus, figures seen by HSJ reveal, and several more are approaching it.

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Hospital group appoints CEO

A large hospital group in Greater Manchester has appointed a new chief executive with a background in business and local government.

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Landmark reconfiguration that promised to save 300 lives a year ‘quietly dropped’

One of the highest profile NHS reconfigurations of the last decade — that pledged to save 300 lives per year — has been “quietly dropped”, HSJ has learned.

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Making the most of community services

Raj Jain, who is chief executive of Northern Care Alliance (Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust), discussed the interconnectedness between the community and acute services his organisation provides – and how the pandemic has further influenced this.


CEO of major hospital group announces departure

The chief executive of a major hospital group in Greater Manchester has announced his retirement after two years in the role.

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North by North West: A Greater big dog's dinner

Tensions have been building in Greater Manchester around the extent to which it should try to diverge from the “integrated care system” model which is being prescribed nationally.


Exclusive: Reviews of hospital-acquired covid deaths as ‘basic’ breaches found

Senior doctors are leading a programme of work to review deaths caused by hospital-acquired covid in the North West, which has had disproportionately high rates of nosocomial infections over the last three months.

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North by North West: Glimpsing the peak and surveying the wreckage

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here.

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Revealed: The trusts receiving a share of £600m estates fund

An acute trust in London is among the biggest winners of a £600m allocation by the government to pay for backlog maintenance across the NHS.

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Top teaching trust blames surge in long A&E waits on covid measures

A top teaching hospital has blamed covid measures for a dramatic rise in the number of trolley waits in its accident and emergency department.


Exclusive: New areas see rapidly rising covid pressure on hospitals

Covid demand on hospitals is now rising rapidly in parts of England so far spared the worst of wave two, analysis of new figures reveals.


Trust becomes first to see a third of beds filled by covid patients during second wave

Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust has more than a third of its general and acute beds occupied by covid patients, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS data.


Recovery Watch: ‘Stay away patients’ are causing alarm

Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The new Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress. This week by HSJ bureau chief and performance lead James Illman.

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Exclusive: New surge in Manchester covid patients amid lockdown row

Greater Manchester’s hospitals have seen a new surge in beds occupied by patients with coronavirus in the last 24 hours, HSJ understands.

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Covid deaths soar in Manchester as government U-turns on restrictions

Covid hospital deaths in Greater Manchester are increasing sharply and now account for 40 per cent of the national total, an analysis by HSJ can reveal.

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Trust to test all 9,000 staff for covid within five days

A trust with a very high covid-19 death rate is to test all of its staff over the next five days in an attempt to identify those who have the disease but don’t know it.