Major staff shortages could have compromised patient safety on the Isle of Wight if the island had experienced more cases of covid-19, according to junior doctors.
A small trust with severe quality and financial problems is to share a chair with its larger neighbour, it has announced.
Trainee doctors at a special measures trust worked more than 72 hours in one week after being asked to do seven 10-hour shifts in a row.
A trust in regulatory special measures will develop a single acute service combined with its neighbouring hospital trust, the pair have announced.
Staff must take “personal responsibility” to avoid misuse of the contact tracing app when working in areas that places them close to covid-19 patients, according to an official leading a trial of the technology.
People will be asked to self-isolate for two weeks even if they are asymptomatic after coming into ‘high-risk’ contact with a person who has tested positive for covid-19 – a testing chief has told NHS executives.
Ambulance response times were some of the best ever seen last month – as the extra demand imposed by covid-19 had started to diminish and patients called the service less than last year.
The government’s coronavirus contact tracing app has so far failed the tests needed for it to gain approval to be included in the NHS app library, HSJ understands.
A trust in quality special measures is set to retain its trainee doctors after addressing regulators’ concerns by recruiting several doctors from overseas.
Staff working for mental health and learning disability providers remain the least likely to say they are happy with the standard of care offered by their organisation – although there has been a slight improvement.
HSJ’s analysis of the staff survey has revealed which trusts are strongest and weakest according to the share of employees who would be happy with its care if a friend or a relative needed treatment.
The local areas where patients are waiting the longest for ambulances have been publicly identified for the first time by an HSJ investigation.
Isle of Wight’s MP has refreshed calls for extra funding for the island’s healthcare system, warning morale at the trust was “the bottom of the charts”.
One of the country’s smallest trusts recorded 277 serious incidents over a two-year period, HSJ can reveal.
An unprecedented five trusts saw less than half of their accident and emergency attendances within four hours in December, HSJ analysis reveals.
“Challenging behaviour” among senior clinicians and “disconnected” working between departments has been uncovered at a “special measures” trust at risk of losing some of its trainee doctors.
“Overstretched” children’s mental health services in the South East will be “unable to meet the challenging needs” of the increasing numbers of young unaccompanied asylum seekers arriving in the region, according to regional managers.
A special measures trust is at risk of losing its trainee doctors in acute medical services in January due to gaps in its workforce.
The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.
Isle of Wight’s struggling integrated trust is partnering with a mainland provider in Hampshire, which will help it deliver mental health services.