Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Court house

Manager jailed for five years for cheating trust out of £800,000

A senior IT manager has been jailed for defrauding an NHS trust out of more than £800,000.

Colchester Hospital

Hospital and primary care leaders at odds over ICS boundary changes

Primary care leaders in Essex and Suffolk are at loggerheads with some of their acute counterparts over proposals which would make integrated care systems coterminous with the county council boundaries.

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Ex-director wins £70k payout over trust’s ‘inappropriate’ interview panel

A trust must pay out nearly £70,000 to its former director of medical education after an employment tribunal ruled she had been constructively dismissed.

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NHS manager admits defrauding trust out of £800,000

A former senior IT manager has admitted to defrauding an NHS trust out of more than £800,000 and will face sentencing later this month.

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Trust told to take ‘urgent’ action over risks to cancer patients

An external review has issued a series of ‘urgent recommendations’ to a specialist cancer service around patient safety risks.

Tom Abell

Trust accused of ‘combative leadership’ announces new chief exec

East of England Ambulance Service Trust has appointed a new chief executive after nine months with an interim at the helm.

Care Quality Commission

Mega-merger trust tells NHSE it cannot eliminate year-long waiters by next year

A large East of England trust has told NHS England it cannot eliminate its 52-week waiting list backlog in 2021-22 as it had previously promised.

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‘Catastrophic’ threat to cancer performance at England’s third largest hospital trust

Cancer services at a large hospital trust have been at ‘catastrophic’ risk of being overwhelmed, after two of its hospital sites had to suspend life-saving cancer surgeries in the last month due to covid-19.

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CQC ‘monitoring’ patient safety after trust rations oxygen

The Care Quality Commission is “closely monitoring” a covid-challenged trust over fears for patient safety sparked by oxygen rationing.


Hospitals told to involve engineers in ‘clinical decisions’ about oxygen

Trusts have been told to involve specialist gas engineers in their clinical decisions amid “very high demands” for oxygen services.

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Maternity unit rated ‘inadequate’ as trust faces scrutiny over horrific stillbirth

An Essex maternity department has been served with further warnings by the Care Quality Commission and again rated “inadequate”.

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Providers ‘missed opportunities’ in outbreak which killed 15

An investigation into the outbreak of a bacterial infection that killed 15 people has found there were several “missed opportunities” in their care.

Emergency workforce

Unpublished report reveals ‘exit block’ turned A&E into ‘a ward’

Previously unpublished reports newly obtained by HSJ reveal issues including a “significant safety risk”, warring surgeons, and patients suffering sight loss due to delays and missed diagnoses.

Newborn baby

Maternity service ‘inadequate’ after six babies starved of oxygen

Maternity services at an Essex hospital have been rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission, after babies were starved of oxygen and put at risk of permanent brain damage.

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Up to 10,000 people could be waiting more than a year for operations

Up to 10,000 patients may be waiting more than a year for elective treatment as a result of covid-19, official data suggests.

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Medics threaten to limit services to ‘bare minimum’ without correct PPE

Emergency department doctors at an acute trust have threatened to reduce their services “to the bare minimum” unless they are provided with the correct personal protective equipment.

Innovation and technology

First ‘digital aspirant’ trusts revealed by NHSX

Twenty-three trusts will share a £28m pot of technology funding as part of the first wave of “digital aspirant” providers, NHSX has announced.


‘Mac the Knife’ to lead STP and five CCGs

A well-known NHS figure will take over as interim accountable officer of five clinical commissioning groups next month, after they were “unable” to recruit someone substantively.


Exclusive: Trusts set to be let off £10bn debt

NHS providers that owe the government a combined £10bn would see the debts converted into a form of investment that does not have to be repaid, under plans being discussed by national leaders.

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HSJ’s 10 most read integration and system change stories of 2019

As we come to the closing days of 2019, HSJ reveals its most read stories on integration and system change for the year.