These are some of the serious findings of external reviews of NHS services from recent years, previously unpublished but now released to HSJ.
Regulators have approved a merger between two foundation trusts after initially blocking the plans seven years ago.
Two Dorset foundation trusts have welcomed the launch of the latest regulatory investigation into their proposed merger, which was infamously blocked seven years ago.
Analysis carried out for NHS England’s review of NHS targets has proposed it set a “maximum time-to-assessment target… for all those attending [accident and emergency departments]”.
The health secretary has given the green light to a major overhaul of Dorset’s acute hospital services, including the long-planned downgrade of Poole’s A&E department.
The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.
An ambulance trust has been temporarily barred from training new apprentices after a critical report from the education regulator.
A trust merger which was first proposed in 2011 has been delayed again – this time by up to 18 months.
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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.
Fresh concerns have been raised about how NHS England is conducting its controversial pilot of new accident and emergency standards.
NHS England has selected 14 hospital trusts to test new accident and emergency standards which could replace the four-hour target.
Merging hospital trusts could increase mortality rates by up to 550 per cent and cause patient harm incidents to almost triple, new analysis by the Competition and Markets Authority has suggested.
Consolidation of radiotherapy services “will be impossible” without more money, a royal college has warned.
Health chiefs in Dorset have “confidence” in their plans to reconfigure acute services in the county despite two local authorities asking for a review by health secretary Matt Hancock, they have said.
The longest serving chief executive of an acute trust has announced he will step down ahead of a proposed merger of his organisation with a neighbour trust.
Plans to reconfigure acute services and merge two NHS trusts have been boosted after a judicial review was dismissed by a High Court judge.
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Pathologists in one of England’s most advanced health economies have launched a procurement for a common IT system across laboratories at up to eight NHS trusts.
Plans to split two hospitals into emergency and elective care centres as part of a £147m reconfiguration are being held up by a judicial review, which could delay a long awaited trust merger.