Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Covid occupancy rates grow at outlier trusts while trend flattens nationally

The rate that England’s acute hospital beds are filling with covid patients has slowed down nationally — but a handful of trusts are still reporting growing occupancy rates despite four weeks of national lockdown.

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Nurse charged with murders in connection with baby deaths

A nurse has been charged with eight counts of murder, and 10 counts of attempted murder, following an investigation into a number of baby deaths at a hospital in the north west of England.


Trust bosses ‘disgusted’ at MPs who claim covid impact exaggerated

Local NHS leaders have publicly hit out at politicians for questioning the need for a second national lockdown, with one chief executive inviting MPs to either visit her hospital to see the pressures themselves, or to ‘sod off’.


Trusts concerned over long waits for covid-19 test results

Several NHS trusts have waited up to a week to find out if their patients have covid-19 after experiencing delays at local laboratories, HSJ has learned.


Revealed: The trusts put on notice over risks to staff

NHS providers were given 40 official warnings because regulators believed they were failing to protect staff from violence, injury and hazardous substances in the past two years, HSJ can reveal.


Two-thirds of trusts failing to protect staff from violence

Around two-thirds of NHS providers were found to be breaking laws aimed at protecting staff from violence and aggression, when inspected by the Health and Safety Executive, information released to HSJ reveals.

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Finance director makes swift U-turn to stay at troubled trust

The finance director who opted to quit his hospital trust to ”be held to account” has now decided not to resign after all.

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Former NHS chief executive to retire

A former chief executive of the NHS, Sir Duncan Nichol, is to retire after 56 years working in the health service.


NHSE sets first targets to cut BME disciplinary cases

The first NHS targets for reducing the disproportionate share of black and minority ethnic staff being subject to disciplinary cases have been set by NHS England, which has also told trusts to reduce unnecessary disciplinary action overall.

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Clinician rearrested in relation to baby deaths

Police have rearrested a woman on suspicion of murder of eight babies and attempted murder of nine other infants at the Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust.


Trusts at risk of losing millions in tariff row

Hospital trusts along the Welsh border are at risk of losing millions of pounds this year, as a cross-border dispute over tariffs drags on.

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Trust promotes medical director to CEO

The medical director at The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has been appointed as chief executive.


Staff survey analysis: Trusts with the most staff experiencing violence

A breakdown by area of acute and combined trusts based on the share of employees experiencing violence from patients, relatives or the public in the last 12 months, according to the NHS staff survey 2018.

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Staff survey: Full breakdown of where staff are witnessing potentially harmful errors

Below is a breakdown of acute and combined trusts by the share of staff saying they had witnessed potentially harmful errors, near misses or incidents in the last month, in the 2018 NHS staff survey.

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Exclusive: Hospitals to miss flagship winter target

Hospitals were on course to miss a flagship target to free up 4,000 beds, information obtained by HSJ suggests.

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Trust accused of dropping estates deal after pressure from Corbyn

A London trust pulled out of a strategic partnership partly due to political pressure from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, an estates management firm has claimed.

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North by North West: How to solve a problem like East Cheshire

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. This week by Rebecca Thomas, who covers Cheshire.


Trust CEO resigns amid neonatal unit investigation

The chief executive of an acute trust has resigned amid an ongoing police investigation into eight deaths in its neonatal unit.

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Standalone community trusts meet safe staffing plans more often

One third of community hospitals missed their safe staffing plans every month for at least three years, HSJ analysis suggests.


Health worker arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies

A healthcare worker has been arrested by police today on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to murder another six at the Countess of Chester Hospital.