University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

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North by North West: The ‘magic Morecambe Bay’ facade

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NHSE and CQC criticised after new failings at Morecambe Bay

NHS England, the Care Quality Commission, and the General Medical Council have all been criticised by a review into whistleblowing concerns at a troubled acute trust.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Trust focused on ‘reputation’ failed to address patient harms

A focus on ‘reputation management’ was a factor in how an acute trust failed to properly investigate serious safety concerns in a dysfunctional department where consultants were ‘divided along ethnic lines’

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NHS expecting covid negligence claims totalling over £800m

The NHS is expecting to receive compensation claims totalling over £800m over its handling of covid-19, HSJ can reveal.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Two more directors go amid heavy criticism of trust’s management

Two more directors have announced they are stepping down from their roles at a troubled acute provider, following heavy criticism of the trust’s management and some key services.

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Inconsistent leadership undermining safety of maternity services, says CQC

Inconsistent leadership and poor teamworking, lack of risk oversight and a failure to engage with women’s needs are among the issues continuing to affect the safety of some hospital maternity services, the Care Quality Commission has found.

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CEO ‘astonished’ by how few junior doctors meet their senior directors

A retiring chief executive was “astonished” how many junior doctors had never met the senior directors of their hospitals — and stressed how being visible on the wards is “critical” to good leadership.

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North by North West: On closer inspection

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Hospitals' leadership ‘inadequate’ despite praise for CEO

The leadership of an acute trust in the North West has been rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission, despite singling out its chief executive for praise, HSJ understands.

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Four ICSs and four trusts placed in new ‘special measures’ regime

Four health systems have been put into NHS England’s replacement for the special measures regime, as well as four more acute trusts.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust

Hospitals re-impose visiting restrictions amid soaring covid pressures

Several hospital trusts have re-introduced restrictions on patient visitors as covid-19 infections soar in their areas.

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Health system sees covid occupancy double in a week

Hospitals in Lancashire have reported a steep rise in covid patients, with the numbers more than doubling over the last seven days.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Serious safety concerns over third major specialty at struggling trust

Serious patient safety concerns have been raised about a third major specialty at a struggling acute trust, with inspectors also flagging wider leadership issues.

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CEO to take over third teaching trust

The chief executive of two acute providers is set to take over the leadership of a third teaching trust in Lancashire.

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NHSE sends improvement director into struggling acute trust

Regulators have sent an improvement director into a North West acute trust amid multiple allegations of poor care and ‘cover up’ across different specialties.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

NHSE overrules trust and orders second review into patient harms

NHS England has ordered an independent review into patient safety and governance concerns at an acute trust which had been resisting calls to take this step, HSJ has learned.

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North by North West: Hancock’s grubby intervention over A&E closure

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North by North West: Jab, jab, jab

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Doctors claim major infection control ‘deficiencies’ at region’s hospitals

Research by a group of doctors has found ‘major deficiencies’ around infection control within hospitals in the North West region.

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Can digital technology help embed a strong patient safety culture?

The panel explored how digital solutions might help clinicians improve patient safety and what barriers there might be along the way