Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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Regulator reviews huge rise in failings at hospital mortuaries

Leading pathologists are reviewing a “dramatic increase” in the number of failings at hospital mortuaries across the NHS, HSJ can reveal.

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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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Radiology backlog a 'potential key risk' for trusts: CQC chief

Trust boards must recognise backlogs of unreported radiology images as “a potential key risk” and take action immediately, the chief inspector of hospitals has warned.

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Consultancies hired to 'accelerate' integration of four STPs

Two management consultancies have been commissioned to help four STPs in the West Midlands “accelerate” their integration plans, HSJ has learned.

Worcestershire royal hospital

CQC tells struggling hospital trust to move faster on improvements

One of the most troubled hospital trusts in the country remains inadequate, with the Care Quality Commission calling on its leadership to move faster on improvements.

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Trusts singled out for failing at 'bog standard' IT

The failure of parts of the NHS to use “bog standard” IT is undermining the case to Treasury for more technology funding, an NHS England director has said.

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Sir David Nicholson joins troubled trust's leadership team

Sir David Nicholson has been appointed interim chair of a troubled West Midlands hospital trust, after the previous chair left after less than two years.

Caragh Merrick

'Inspiring' chair of special measures trust resigns

The chair of a troubled West Midlands trust has resigned but said the organisation had begun to see improvements after years of difficulties.

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Hundreds of patients waiting over 12 hours at strained hospital

A damning review has warned one of the most distressed hospital trusts in the country “cannot enter another winter” without more beds, with hundreds of patients waiting more than 12 hours in its emergency department every month.

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Best and worst hospitals in each area for staff recommending care

A breakdown by area of acute and combined trusts performance on the NHS staff survey, according to the share of employees who would recommend their organisation for work or care.

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Highest and lowest trusts in each area for staff witnessing care mistakes

A breakdown by area of acute trusts by the share of staff saying they had witnessed potentially harmful errors, near misses or incidents in the last month, in the 2017 NHS staff survey.

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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.

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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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Struggling trust remains 'inadequate' despite leadership improvements

A West Midlands hospital where patients died on trolleys last winter has retained its inadequate rating, with the Care Quality Commission saying “it remained severely crowded”.

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Pathology network tenders £112m contract amid potential expansion

Pathology chiefs in the West Midlands have tendered a major contract despite uncertainty over whether they will follow NHS Improvement’s recommendations about which trusts will be in their network.

Charles Waddicor

Former PCT chief appointed to chair STP

The Worcestershire and Herefordshire sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed veteran NHS manager Charles Waddicor as its independent chair.

Michelle McKay

Struggling A&E 'feeling increased pressure', warns trust chief

A trust where patients died on trollies last winter is already near full capacity at its main hospital and struggling to maintain safe staffing levels coming into winter.

East Surrey hospital

Revealed: Seven trusts breaching break even duty until 2022

Seven NHS trusts believe they will not technically break even for five years or more, with two requiring until 2026, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Exclusive: More than 50 trusts yet to carry out post-Grenfell fire checks

More than 50 NHS trusts have confirmed they have not had a fire service inspection since the Grenfell Tower disaster – despite all providers being ordered to arrange them just days after the fire.

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

A&E survey: Best and worst performing trusts revealed

Five trusts have been identified as offering a poor overall experience to patients in their accident and emergency departments, based on a new Care Quality Commission patient survey.