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Trusts face uncosted £4m rise in energy bills

Some NHS trusts are reporting huge hikes to their gas and electricity bills, with finance chiefs expecting increases of up to £4m in this financial year.


Leak reveals ‘40 new hospitals’ cash must cover rising costs of existing schemes

Spiralling costs at delayed NHS construction projects will reduce available funding for new “hospitals” promised by the government, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: the trusts where one in six staff have not had two covid jabs

There are 16 NHS trusts where at least one in six staff have not had two doses of coronavirus vaccine, and all but one of them are in London and Birmingham.

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First of ‘40 new hospitals’ delayed amid EU workforce disruption

Disruption to the supply of materials and workforce to the construction sector have contributed to another delay to a major new hospital, for which planning started more than 10 years ago.

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Inconsistent leadership undermining safety of maternity services, says CQC

Inconsistent leadership and poor teamworking, lack of risk oversight and a failure to engage with women’s needs are among the issues continuing to affect the safety of some hospital maternity services, the Care Quality Commission has found.


Service rated ‘good’ despite ‘weaknesses in culture’

A trust’s maternity services were rated ‘good’ despite an independent report finding ‘weaknesses in the culture’ and ‘defensive and fractious’ behaviours, HSJ has learned.


Trust appoints permanent CEO after year of interim leadership

An acute trust in the Midlands has made its interim chief executive a permanent appointment.

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Primary care must be helped to work with hospitals in driving the NHS recovery

Central to meeting the challenge facing the NHS will be transforming the relationship between patients, their GPs and their hospitals and linked community services. By Chris Hopson and Vincent Sai


Exclusive: Hospitals face ‘most difficult period’ since start of pandemic, NHSE warns

NHS England has told hospitals they may be entering the “most difficult period” of the pandemic for more than a year — and said high rates of admissions are ”closely linked” to low vaccine uptake.

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Trust CEO to formally step down for think tank role

The chief executive of an acute trust in the Midlands is set to formally leave the post to work at a health think tank.

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HSJ Awards 2020: Environmental Sustainability Award

WINNER: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust – Providing Healthcare That Won’t Cost the Earth

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Whistleblowers flag ‘toxic management’ within maternity service

Former staff at a Midlands acute trust have raised concerns over a ‘toxic management culture’ and ‘unsafe’ staffing levels within its maternity services, HSJ has learned.

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Former NHS chief executive to chair hospital trust

Sir David Nicholson, former NHS England chief executive, has been appointed to chair a second acute trust in the Midlands, it has been announced.

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Trusts to share chair after NHSE ordered 'rapid' move to group model

Two trusts have agreed to appoint a joint chair amid efforts to form a group model across their sustainability and transformation partnership.


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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Hospitals across system cancel planned ops

Three acute trusts across the Black Country and West Birmingham have been forced to cancel some planned procedures as covid-19 pressures mount, HSJ  can confirm.

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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