Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Trust complains of ‘very harsh’ exclusion from national costing report

Fourteen trusts have had their financial data excluded from a national survey of spending due to accounting errors, in a process that one described as ‘very harsh’.

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‘Medically fit’ patients caught covid while waiting for discharge, trust admits

A hospital trust has admitted that ‘medically fit’ patients caught covid on its wards while waiting to be discharged, with some of the cases under investigation.

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ICS criticised for ‘poor relationships’ and NHS leaders ‘jumping to Stevens’ commands’

A review of a health system deemed to be among the most advanced in terms of partnership working has discovered poor relationships and a lack of trust between partners.

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Patients eight times more likely to die following major surgery at outlier hospitals

Death rates for a major emergency abdominal surgery are almost eight times higher at some outlier hospitals compared with top performers, a national report has found.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Diabetes Care Initiative of the Year

The Youth Empowerment Skills (YES) programme is a psycho-educational intervention for young people (age 14-20 years) with type 1 diabetes, co-developed by young people and co-delivered by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, youth workers and peer educators.

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Capital funding boost gives new life to long-delayed trust merger

A merger to create a £600m turnover trust is back on the cards after last weeks’ government capital funding announcement.

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Pensions crisis forces trust to give doctors time off in lieu

Consultants at a major teaching trust were offered time off in lieu to stop them refusing extra work because of the ongoing NHS pensions crisis, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: The 20 capital projects promised by the PM

The government has unveiled a list of 20 new capital investment projects worth a total of £853m.

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Twenty big NHS building projects that need Boris’ cash

With the new prime minister poised to announce NHS building projects, HSJ has identified 20 of the most significant hospital infrastructure schemes that require big injections of capital funding, often to address pressing problems with care quality.

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Trust merger ‘inevitable’ despite ongoing funding issues

A trust chief executive has said merging with its leading neighbour is ‘inevitable’ despite ongoing failures to secure funding.

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Performance Watch: Lessons from the trial of new A&E targets

Performance Watch is HSJ’s fortnightly expert briefing on the most pressing performance matters troubling system leaders. Contact me in confidence here.

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Plans to trial sepsis target could be dropped

Plans to trial a new standalone one-hour sepsis target for emergency departments as part of the NHS standards review pilot could be dropped, HSJ  understands.

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Fourteen trusts to be excused from reporting A&E target during controversial trial

Fresh concerns have been raised about how NHS England is conducting its controversial pilot of new accident and emergency standards.

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Pathology contract extended amid merger doubts

A trust has extended its pathology contract with a public-private partnership as doubts have emerged over a planned merger with a neighbour.

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Revealed: The trusts testing the new A&E targets

NHS England has selected 14 hospital trusts to test new accident and emergency standards which could replace the four-hour target.

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New low for A&E after proposals to ditch target

NHS performance against the four-hour accident and emergency target hit a new record low in February – for the second month in a row.

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A&E performance hits lowest level

NHS performance against the four-hour accident and emergency target hit a record low in January on both the overall and type 1 category for major emergency departments.

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ICS forced to agree new governance after council quits

Health leaders in one of the first wave of “integrated care systems” have been forced to agree new ad hoc ways of working with a council, after it formally quit the partnership, it has emerged.

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Trust merger in doubt after failure to secure capital funding

A leading trust’s planned acquisition of its smaller neighbour is in doubt after it revealed a second delay over funding concerns.

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Driving forward system working: a tale of two systems

Providers and commissioners are coming forward to work together more strategically to deliver better outcomes for their local populations, say Dr Gordon Macmillan and Dr Chirag Bakhai