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Exclusive: CQC to ramp up inspections of trusts’ infection control

Trusts’ infection control measures will be put under greater scrutiny by the Care Quality Commission, HSJ has been told.

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Chief executive of Great Ormond Street FT spoke at HSJ webinar on digital technology and patient safety

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

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Four trusts cancel planned operations as covid pressures mount

All non-urgent elective operations are being postponed for at least two weeks in a health system still seeing significant and growing pressure from coronavirus.

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Hancock delays decision on controversial reconfiguration for 14 months

The health secretary has yet to make a decision on a contested reconfiguration plan, despite having received official advice on it nearly 14 months ago and the local NHS warning delays would lead to “avoidable death”.

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Chair of scandal-hit trust stepping down ‘to do more work in the Middle East’

The chair of troubled East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust is to step down next spring.

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CQC to prosecute acute trust in groundbreaking case

The Care Quality Commission has launched the first prosecution of an acute trust for failing to meet fundamental standards of care.

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CQC slams trust’s ‘extremely disappointing’ response to covid control warning

A trust which had some of the highest covid death rates in the UK over the summer ‘could not provide assurance on who was its executive lead for infection control’, a Care Quality Commission inspection found.

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Councillor claims local trust is ‘scapegoated’ over care failings

A councillor has implied the Care Quality Commission has been “heavy handed” for criticisms of his local trust, which saw sustained covid-19 deaths linked to the virus spreading in hospital.

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CQC’s infection control concerns at covid deaths trust revealed

A trust which accounted for one in eight covid deaths in hospital during part of the summer has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission for its infection control.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: HSJ Value Award of the Year

Just one in four people suffering from a long-term mental illness are in work. Mental health problems at work cost the economy £34.9bn with a cost to business of £26bn each year.

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Warning to staff not wearing masks at PM’s local hospital

Staff at the hospital serving the prime minister’s constituency — which is the subject of concerns over infection control — have been warned they will not be paid for time spent self-isolating if they break mask rules.

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CQC steps in at troubled trust over covid infections

The Care Quality Commission has taken immediate enforcement action at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust citing “serious concerns” over patient safety.

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Raft of covid service changes not being reversed

Significant changes to a range of services, including A&E, stroke and maternity, made amid the covid-19 crisis are set to remain into next year, an HSJ analysis of key projects has found.

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County hopes for £400m in spending review for massive service change

Leaders in the south east are hopeful they will secure funding for a delayed £400m acute reconfiguration from the comprehensive spending review this autumn.

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Trust with record covid deaths sees high rate of hospital acquired infection

The proportion of patients confirmed as infected with covid-19 after admission to East Kent hospitals is running at twice the national rate, according to figures seen by HSJ.

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First region sees zero covid hospital deaths

The south west has gone a week without a single covid-related death in its hospitals.

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Trust with 10pc of all covid deaths has ‘relatively low’ fatalities, according to CCG

A trust that is recording one in 10 covid hospital deaths in England has been described as having a ‘relatively low’ number of fatalities from the virus by its lead commissioner.

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Trust to test all 9,000 staff for covid within five days

A trust with a very high covid-19 death rate is to test all of its staff over the next five days in an attempt to identify those who have the disease but don’t know it.

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Trust with record covid deaths asks NHSE  for help

The hospital trust which has been recording the largest number of covid deaths for several weeks has asked NHS England and NHS Improvement for help with infection control.

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Covid deaths at single trust nearly double that of any other provider

A single trust has recorded 90 per cent more covid-related deaths than any other NHS provider over the last month, an analysis by HSJ shows.