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'Fantasy' trust debts overtake PFI liabilities

A steep increase in emergency bailouts means NHS trusts’ total borrowing from the Department of Health and Social Care has overtaken their PFI liabilities.

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Sloman replaced as accountable officer at 'group' trust

The chief executive of a “vanguard” hospital group has been replaced as accountable officer at one of its member trusts.

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Financial performance: Best and worst of 2017-18

Twenty NHS providers accounted for almost £600m of deterioration against the trust sector’s financial plans in 2017-18.

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Revealed: New money for 15 trusts to trial flexible working

Fifteen NHS trusts have been selected by the Department of Health and Social Care to receive funding for pilot projects to enable flexible working.

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Hospital chief executive to head up charity

The leader of a financially struggling acute trust is leaving to become chief executive of a mental health charity.

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Hospital chain trust expects nearly £100m deficit

The founder trust of a hospital group has declared its “underlying deficit” is likely to be more than £95m this financial year.

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Trusts reveal plans to centralise services after GIRFT review

Trusts have begun taking steps to centralise vascular surgery following an NHS Improvement clinical review, HSJ can reveal.

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In full: Pathology network proposals

HSJ approached the 29 pathology networks proposed by NHS Improvement to ask if local trusts had signed up. In most cases the proposed “hub” trust was able to answer on behalf of its network.

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Revealed: 58 trusts admit they will miss financial plan

NHS Improvement has accepted formal revisions to the financial forecasts of almost 60 NHS trusts, according to data published today.

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NHS Improvement abandons consultancy turnaround programme

A financial turnaround project where management consultants are sent to work with NHS trusts has been shelved by NHS Improvement, HSJ has learned.

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Trust exits special measures after 28 months

West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust has left special measures two and half years after first entering it.

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HSJ Awards 2017: Workforce

The team developed a recruitment and retention plan to improve the retention rates in the maternity unit.

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Trusts must reduce deficits by two-thirds to hit official forecast

NHS trusts must reduce their combined monthly deficit to £107m to meet the official forecast figures in the second half of 2017-18, after recording a monthly deficit of almost £300m in the first half of the year.

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Mental health chief executive to take over at acute trust

A mental health trust chief executive will lead a neighbouring acute trust as part of a hospital chain, HSJ understands.

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Exclusive: One in four hospital trusts routinely pay suppliers late

More than a quarter of hospital trusts are now routinely delaying payments to their suppliers because of cash flow problems, analysis by HSJ reveals.

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CCGs demand patients lose weight or face indefinite wait for surgery

People in Hertfordshire who smoke or are obese face indefinite waits for routine surgery unless they quit smoking or lose weight, commissioners have decided as they try to save £68m this financial year.

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Revealed: 21 trusts consistently underperforming on A&E

There are 21 trusts whose performance against the four hour emergency target has been consistently below 85 per cent since April, HSJ analysis reveals.

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The best and worst performing trusts on patient experience

Five NHS trusts have been identified by the Care Quality Commission as having significantly poor overall patient experience scores.

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Trust to remain in special measures despite rating upgrade

West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust will remain in special measures despite the Care Quality Commission upgrading its rating from inadequate to requires improvement.