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Trusts drop business rates battle against councils

Eleven NHS trusts have dropped a long-running bid to pay business rates at a discount usually reserved for charities, according to the Local Government Association.

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Tributes paid to ‘exceptional’ national A&E leader ‘who will be remembered forever’

NHS leaders and former colleagues have paid emotional tributes to Clifford Mann, the national clinical adviser for accident and emergency care, who passed away on Saturday.

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Integrated trusts aim for first-of-its-kind merger

Two trusts are planning a merger which would create England’s first provider of primary, acute, community and mental health care services.

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Coroner orders closer working between five trusts after prisoner’s death

Five NHS trusts in the South West have been ordered to make immediate improvements after the death of a 20-year-old prisoner who needed healthcare.

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Hospital stops admitting patients following covid spike

A Somerset hospital has stopped admitting new patients – including to the accident and emergency department – following a spike in coronavirus cases.

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BAME staff should be ‘risk-assessed’ over covid concerns, says NHSE

Healthcare leaders should “risk-assess” staff who may be at a greater risk of covid-19, including those from black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and make “appropriate arrangements”, NHS England has said.

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Eleven trusts renew £1.5bn court battle with their local councils

Eleven hospital trusts are continuing a High Court action against their local authorities, by seeking to appeal a previous ruling that denied them an estimated £1.5bn in backdated business rates.

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Trust chief moves to neighbouring provider

A mental health trust chief executive has been appointed to the top post at a neighbouring provider.

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STP proposes to centralise city’s mental health beds 23 miles away

Local NHS leaders want to move a city’s inpatient mental health ward 23 miles south and replace it with a crisis cafe, under plans to shake up services across the county.

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Merging trusts target £20m annual savings

NHS chiefs in Somerset say a merger between the county’s main acute and community and mental health trusts will deliver annual recurrent savings of nearly £20m.

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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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National sharing of patient records enabled in first-of-kind initiative

Paramedics will be able to access the records of mental health service users for the first time as part of a wider scheme that aims to allow clinicians to share care records across the country.

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Mapped: The hospital builds in PM’s pledge

The trusts which will benefit from a share of £2.7bn to rebuild hospitals, or £100m to develop business cases for future schemes, announced by the prime minister today.

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Trusts delay ‘integrated care’ merger until 2020

Health chiefs have pushed back a merger which would create one of England’s first acute, mental health and community services trusts.

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Food review will ‘unclip caterers’ wings’, says chair

A new government review will aim to stop NHS catering staff feeling “boxed in” and help to “unclip [their] wings”, its chair has told HSJ.

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Google AI lead: Machine learning 18 months away from NHS hospitals

Artificial intelligence will be used to foresee and prevent the onset of life-threatening conditions in NHS hospitals in “substantial pilots” in about 18 months, Google DeepMind’s clinical lead has predicted.

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Twelve trusts to stop reporting waiting times performance as part of trial

NHS England has announced the 12 trusts which will trial the proposed new elective waiting time standard.

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Staffing and scanner problems behind trust’s soaring waiting times

Power and workforce problems led to nearly a third of patients referred for diagnostic tests waiting longer than the six-week target at one acute trust.

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HSJ Partnership Awards 2019: Procurement Support or Service Project of the Year

WINNER: GRI UK and The Bristol, Weston and Bath Partnership Project (BNSSG): Collaboration in Procurement

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Exclusive: Trusts 'limiting access' to psychosis services

Struggling community teams have resorted to “limiting access” to services for seriously ill patients as investment fails to reach the front line, an official report has claimed.