University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

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Trust criticised for ‘unreasonable conduct’ in tribunal process

One of the largest trusts in the country has been criticised for its ‘unreasonable conduct’ in failing to disclose key documents to an employment tribunal.

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Trust CEO to be given warning by GMC

The chief executive of one of England’s largest hospital trusts will be handed a warning by the General Medical Council for a ‘significant departure from medical practice’, after a hearing on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Hospitals face ‘most difficult period’ since start of pandemic, NHSE warns

NHS England has told hospitals they may be entering the “most difficult period” of the pandemic for more than a year — and said high rates of admissions are ”closely linked” to low vaccine uptake.

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Joint chair hired for two trusts with £2bn+ turnover

A joint chair has been appointed for two large hospitals trusts.

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Major trust CEO to face GMC panel

The chief executive of one of England’s largest acute trusts is to appear before a General Medical Council investigation committee, after being accused of providing misleading and inaccurate information to the regulator.

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Two-year waiters for elective care up by half to just under 4,000

The number of patients waiting more than two years for elective care has grown by nearly half in the space of one month, HSJ analysis can reveal.

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Ambulance trust reveals patient’s death amid handover delays row

An ambulance trust has highlighted the death of a woman which it says was due to “being delayed on the back of an ambulance”, just two days after it warned that lives were ‘at risk’ from long handovers.

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Deaths of covid hospital patients hit record low

The deaths of covid positive patients in English hospitals has hit a record low.

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Trust ordered to pay £20,000 in case where there were ‘significant issues’ with CEO’s evidence

A major acute trust has been ordered to pay £20,000 in costs amid a long-running employment dispute with a whistleblower.

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Recovery Watch: Analysing the elective challenge at ICS level

Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress.

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Government drops plans for 24/7 covid vaccination service

Ministers have dropped plans to launch a 24-hour coronavirus vaccination service after two hospital trusts piloted the scheme earlier this year.

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Exclusive: Consultant ‘cliques’ and ‘unacceptable behaviours’ put patients at risk

Deep-rooted relationship problems between consultants in a major trust’s neurosurgery department distracted from patient care, according to a review leaked to HSJ.

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NHSE orders trusts to meet government commitment on free parking

NHS England has reiterated to trusts they must permanently offer free car parking to night shift staff and some patient groups from next month, amid concerns some will fail to meet government commitments.

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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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HSJ podcast: Punishing staff for gaming the vaccine system

Reasonable or ‘unnecessarily hostile”? This week’s HSJ Health Check debates whether it’s right for a trust to threaten its staff with disciplinary or regulatory action if they seek to have their second covid jab early.

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Staff seeking second vaccination early threatened with ‘regulatory action’

Staff at one of England’s largest hospital trusts have been threatened with disciplinary and regulatory action if they attempt to get their second covid-19 vaccine dose early, HSJ has learned.

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Scandal-hit trust partnered with ‘outstanding’ care provider

The trust at the centre of one of the biggest maternity scandals in recent years has been partnered with another trust in the Midlands to drive improvements.

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Covid pressures linked to increased fall rates and patient deaths

Two patients have died and at least seven more have come to harm in recent falls linked to covid-19 pressures at a small acute trust.

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Exclusive: Multiple whistleblowers flag ‘heartbreaking’ incidents at major trust

Clinicians within a major teaching hospital’s cancer services have raised multiple concerns over patient safety, which they believe have resulted from badly planned service changes in response to the covid crisis.