Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

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Regulator pressures trusts to ‘rapidly’ agree hospital group model

NHS England and Improvement has written to trusts in the Black Country urging them to “rapidly” agree on a hospital group model, HSJ can reveal

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Concerns were raised over CEO before sick leave announcement

Concerns relating to a chief executive who has been on sick leave since June had previously been raised to the Care Quality Commission and passed to his trust, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: The hospitals facing most pressure to meet coronavirus demand

New analysis from Edge Health shows that district general hospitals around the centre of London have been the hardest hit by the covid-19 surge, says George Batchelor

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Coronavirus deaths mapped: 13 trusts see 50 per cent of fatalities

Seventy-two trusts had recorded at least one coronavirus death on Sunday, an increase of 15 on Friday.

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Coronavirus deaths cluster appears in the West Midlands

A second coronavirus spike appears to be emerging in the West Midlands, with one of the region’s trusts now reporting nine deaths from the illness.

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Delayed care or missed follow-ups behind most ophthalmology claims

More than half the compensation claims in ophthalmology relate to late treatment or missed follow-ups, new data reveals.

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DHSC paid PFI lenders £42m after miscalculation

The Department of Health and Social Care repaid £42m to investors of a failed PFI scheme three months before it emerged the fee was not required, according to auditors.

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Revealed: The trusts where patients lost their sight after follow-up delays

Dozens of patients suffered permanent or long-term harm to their eyes after waiting too long for a follow-up appointment, HSJ can reveal — with thousands more waiting over a year longer than they should have.

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Trusts missing out on tens of millions from overseas patients

Providers are failing to recover tens of millions of pounds from overseas visitors despite a major clampdown on so-called health tourists.

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FT accuses Treasury of being inflexible over PFI buyout

A leading foundation trust says inflexible Treasury rules are preventing it from buying out a private finance initiative contract, which could deliver savings of £30m a year.

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Plan to break up CCG rejected

Sandwell and West Birmingham GPs have rejected a proposal to break-up their clinical commissioning group, despite the city’s local medical committee saying a vote against the split would be a “disaster”.

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Trust challenges 'perplexing' CCG boundary proposal

West Birmingham GPs are being encouraged to break away and join a new CCG, despite strong opposition from the local hospital trust, which has described the proposal as “perplexing”.

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Trust makes vaccination mandatory for recruitment

A West Midlands trust will no longer recruit staff who have not had an immunisation for mumps, measles and rubella.

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Staff survey analysis: Trusts with the most staff experiencing violence

A breakdown by area of acute and combined trusts based on the share of employees experiencing violence from patients, relatives or the public in the last 12 months, according to the NHS staff survey 2018.

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How to maximise the impact of NHS volunteers

Jullie Tran Graham shares insights and learnings from a recently released report that evaluates the impacts of volunteer interventions

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No more PFI deals, chancellor announces

The government plans to abolish the use of private finance initiative deals for future capital projects, and establish a “centre of best practice” to manage its existing deals.

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Go ahead for hospital as bailout agreed in Carillion fallout

Construction of a new acute hospital is set to resume almost a year after Carillion was liquidated, following a deal between the government, lenders, and local NHS chiefs.

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Government promises £300m funding for Carillion hospital

A government pledge to provide funds for completion of a new acute hospital hit by Carillion’s collapse has been welcomed by the chief executive of the affected trust.

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Trust asks government for £300m to complete Carillion hospital

NHS managers have asked the government to plough more than £300m into completing construction of a new hospital which ground to a halt after Carillion’s collapse.

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Trust director appointed as STP chair

A non-executive director for a West Midlands trust has been appointed as chair of his area’s sustainability and transformation partnership.