31 Jan update: London and south east set to see low levels of covid hospital admissions by end of Feb
Admissions of covid positive patients in London and the south east are on course to fall to a managable level by the end of February.
A pair of major London hospitals are decanting patients to central London sites as the region asks trusts to ‘super surge’ their critical care capacity, HSJ understands.
Nine English NHS trusts now have at least half their adult acute beds occupied by covid-positive patients, with admissions still growing in every case.
The project was set up to:
The Acute Home Visiting Service is a responsive and effective home visiting service for patients that prevents them attending accident and emergency and relieves GP workload.
Three trusts in east London have agreed to consolidate much of their routine pathology work on a single “hub” site.
A third of the doctors employed by Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust have written to management calling on them to rethink a controversial outsourcing deal.
Trusts have begun scrapping staff car parking charges — and others are being called on to do so — while they tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Cleaners at a London hospital have walked out over a pay dispute just as the service braces for a surge in demand due to coronavirus.
A trust director has said he “struggles to defend the logic” behind the decision to routinely share patients’ identities with a major credit check firm.
Providers are failing to recover tens of millions of pounds from overseas visitors despite a major clampdown on so-called health tourists.
Thirteen out of 29 regions have yet to formally commit to new pathology models, the latest update has revealed, although senior chiefs have declared the major efficiency scheme remains on track.
An NHS trust is routinely sharing patients’ identities with a major credit check firm to find overseas visitors who can be charged, and officials have sought to extend the scheme nationally, HSJ can reveal.
A senior MP wants regulators to investigate a leading law firm in relation to its conduct during a series of legal challenges by a junior doctor between 2014 and 2018.
A mental health trust has closed its patient waiting area due to a threat from the Care Quality Commission, which its chief has said will mean people waiting longer in A&E.
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.
NHS Improvement believes acute trusts’ efforts to create regional pathology networks have been “impressive”, despite the number of fully operational collaboratives being half of what was expected so far.