Medway NHS Foundation Trust

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Medway chief executive to join NHS Confederation

The chief executive who is leaving Medway Foundation Trust is to take up a new role at the NHS Confederation.

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Medical leader made chief exec at trust hard hit by covid

The medical director of a successful foundation trust is being brought in to run Medway Foundation Trust for 18 months.

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HSJ podcast: What the PM’s new health team means for the NHS

Boris Johnson has appointed a new health adviser, well known to NHS health policy circles. Samantha Jones – former NHS England director and hospital chief – is to leave the private sector and move into the civil service.

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Chief to leave trust at centre of winter covid surge

The chief executive of one of the NHS’ most troubled trusts is to leave shortly — a few weeks after a critical Care Quality Commission report into its emergency department services.

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Patients left waiting after specialist trust closed outpost centre 20 miles away

Scores of patients have been left waiting more than a year for treatment and hundreds more making lengthy journeys, after a specialist foundation trust closed its outpost treatment centre based in another trust 20 miles away.

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Updated: CEO’s email ‘contributed to low morale’ at covid-hit A&E

Staff at a hard-pressed accident and emergency department were left feeling demoralised and unsupported by the actions of the senior leadership team, the Care Quality Commission has found.

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CQC intervenes at trust hardest hit by covid

The Care Quality Commission has issued a warning notice over emergency care delays — particularly ambulance handovers — to one of the trusts hardest hit by coronavirus pressures in recent months.

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Pandemic’s role blamed for trust’s 1,955 mixed-sex ward breaches

East Kent University Hospitals Foundation Trust reported 1,955 mixed sex accommodation breaches in November, the month before the new variant of the virus caused a huge increase in covid admissions across the county.

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Revealed: the nine hospital trusts where covid patients fill at least half the beds

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.

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HSJ’s 10 most read stories of 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, HSJ takes a look at its most read stories of the year.

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Hour-plus ambulance to A&E transfers double in a week

The number of ambulance handovers taking longer than an hour have almost doubled in just one week, the latest figures have revealed.

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10 new hospital vaccine sites revealed

Ten more hospitals are to start giving the Pfizer covid vaccine, including two in coronavirus ‘hot spots’.

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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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Three trusts in high risk areas no longer getting covid vaccine this week

Several trusts serving areas with high rates of covid will not be getting any vaccine this week, having been removed from a national list of “hub” sites where the first doses are to be given.

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Trust becomes first to see half its beds occupied by covid patients during second wave

More than half of the beds at a trust serving an area with some of the UK’s highest covid rates are now occupied by patients with the disease.

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Eleven patients suffered harm after ambulance handover delays

Eleven patients have suffered harm after being kept waiting in ambulances outside accident and emergency departments, a review has found.

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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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HSJ’s 50 most read articles of 2020

HSJ takes a look back at the 50 most read stories of 2020.

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CCG finds multiple concerns with problematic procurement

A clinical commissioning group has admitted there were problems with the handling of a dermatology contract which needed to be suspended because of patient safety concerns after little more than a year.

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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”.