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NHS England chooses new chief operating officer

NHS England’s London director is set to become its chief operating officer for an interim period after a recruitment process failed to make a substantive appointment, HSJ understands.

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Trust spent £2.1m on extra covid beds plan axed after two weeks

A trust had to pay £2.1m to a company it had hired to set up temporary beds at the peak of the first covid wave, despite cancelling the order two weeks later.

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London Eye: A different picture

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

Mark Lam

Two acute trusts to share a chair after NHSE appointment

Two acute trusts in north London will share a chair following an appointment by NHS England.

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London Eye: Forgetting the war that’s still happening

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

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More than a dozen trust chairs receive two salaries as shared leadership spreads

Sixteen people are now chairing more than one NHS trust, but there is significant variation in how much they are paid for their extra roles, an HSJ analysis has found.

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London ‘creaking’ under pressure of covid surge, warns trust boss

Trusts are ‘creaking’ across London as they address the latest surge of covid patients and mounting non-covid activity, according to a medical director at a major London trust.

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London Eye: Fourth wave blues

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

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The trusts with the most patients waiting over 18 months

The trusts with the biggest share of their waiting list at more than 18 months and two years has been revealed for the first time.

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Coastal trust hires two London hospital chiefs

The interim chief executive of a London hospital is to take up the post of managing director at a large coastal trust.

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Revealed: the London trusts yet to vaccinate a quarter of their staff

There is a gap of around 30 percentage points in staff uptake of the covid-19 vaccination between different London trusts, according to figures seen by HSJ.

Ben clover expert briefing

Hospital group chief installed at neighbouring trust

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

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: The biggest job in hospital-land

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

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Greensill and the big catch-up

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

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Greensill-owned NHS pay-advance firm goes into administration

An NHS agency has stepped in, as a company owned by collapsed finance firm Greensill that offered pay advances to more than 10,000 NHS staff has also gone into administration.

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Controversial service closures to be reversed

Trusts in north central London will begin unpicking the temporary reorganisation of their paediatric inpatient and emergency services from April, provided the pressure of the covid pandemic has eased sufficiently.

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31 Jan update: London and south east set to see low levels of covid hospital admissions by end of Feb

Admissions of covid positive patients in London and the south east are on course to fall to a managable level by the end of February.

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Exclusive: Medical leaders seek to ‘shame’ private hospitals and their staff into supporting NHS

NHS England and senior clinical leaders in London are ‘profoundly uncomfortable’ that some routine elective care is continuing in private hospitals, while the NHS faces ‘unthinkable’ pressures from coronavirus.

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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.