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Exclusive: 111 First to go live imminently amid ‘vehement’ opposition in some EDs

Emergency care leaders are warning it will take up to six more months to determine whether pilots of a radical change to accident and emergency are working, even though it is due to go live nationally next week, HSJ  has learned.

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Cluster of never events has sparked ‘great deal of soul searching’ says trust CEO

An acute trust’s record of eight never events in the last six months has raised concerns that quality standards have slipped since it was taken out of special measures.

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More mental health trusts will merge with acutes, chief predicts

The development of the integrated care agenda will see more mental health providers merging with acute trusts, an experienced chief executive has forecast.

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Overcrowded A&Es ‘much more dangerous now because of covid’

Emergency departments across England are suffering ‘dangerous’ overcrowding comparable with pre-covid levels - and are struggling to maintain social distancing.

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Government steps towards new A&E targets

Ministers have given the green light for NHS England and Improvement to consult before December on a proposed new basket of metrics to replace the four-hour accident and emergency target.

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Exclusive: Major A&E shake-up plans to be rolled out in coming weeks

Pilots for a new urgent care model requiring walk-in patients to book slots in emergency departments are expected to be rolled out in at least one site in every health system in the coming weeks, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: National roll-out of ‘call before you walk’ A&Es set for winter

NHS England plans to introduce a “call before you walk” model for accident and emergency by winter, HSJ has been told.

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Prior: use of barcodes should be ‘commonplace in the NHS’

The widespread adoption of barcoding by the NHS is needed to meet the challenge posed by the Cumberlege patient safety review, according to NHS England chair Lord David Prior.

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‘Requiring immediate action’: The patient safety issues hidden in unpublished reports

These are some of the serious findings of external reviews of NHS services from recent years, previously unpublished but now released to HSJ.

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Covid risks prompt single health and care workforce bank

A rural health economy is establishing a single staff bank which all NHS and care home organisations in its patch can access.

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NHS seeks another huge increase in testing capacity

The NHS has been told to increase its covid-19 swab testing capacity again by at least double, HSJ has learned, including via efforts to expand rapid-turnaround tests.

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First region targets 2030 for net zero carbon

A sustainability and transformation partnership has agreed an “incredibly challenging” ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 ahead of declaring a “climate emergency”.

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Director makes cash plea over ‘inequitable’ service

A director of maternity services at a financially struggling trust have issued a plea to their board for investment amid reports their department is losing patients and staff due to inequitable service provision.

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CEO ‘delighted’ as trust prepares to exit special measures

A trust is due to leave special measures, after problems with quality and bullying landed it in the regime more than two years ago.

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Revealed: The trusts put on notice over risks to staff

NHS providers were given 40 official warnings because regulators believed they were failing to protect staff from violence, injury and hazardous substances in the past two years, HSJ can reveal.

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Two-thirds of trusts failing to protect staff from violence

Around two-thirds of NHS providers were found to be breaking laws aimed at protecting staff from violence and aggression, when inspected by the Health and Safety Executive, information released to HSJ reveals.

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‘Concern’ over Cornish patients’ long journeys for cardiology treatment

A commissioner’s elective lead has raised concerns about the distance cardiology patients face travelling for treatment.

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Election pledges could target left-behind STPs

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.