Clinical waste is piling up outside hospitals, HSJ can reveal, amid fallout from the crisis which exploded in the sector last year.
Several NHS trusts are grappling with extra costs and relying on temporary containers for clinical waste storage, after a forced change of supplier following last year’s stockpiling scandal.
Spinal patients have been exposed to “avoidable harm” due to “wholly unacceptable” delays in their treatment, according to an unpublished NHS England report.
More than 20 NHS trusts must store clinical waste, including human remains, at their premises for up to a fortnight after their scandal-hit contractor stopped collecting waste last week, prompting a major incident.
Fifteen NHS trusts have transferred their clinical waste management contracts to another provider, after it emerged a key supplier to the NHS was stockpiling human body parts and other dangerous waste.
The Care Quality Commission has been forced to apologise to an NHS trust after inspectors used data for another provider as part of its inspection report.
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Five NHS trusts have been identified by the Care Quality Commission as having significantly poor overall patient experience scores.
A number of specialist NHS trusts are “exceptionally concerned” about the two year payment tariff proposed by regulators, saying it would be “damaging” for patient care.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been placed in NHS England “directions” because of concerns over its governance and financial deficit.
WORKFORCE: Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed Julian Povey as its chair.
An alliance of specialist trusts could develop new “experimental tariffs” to encourage acute providers to improve or franchise their orthopaedics services as part of the Five Year Forward View’s new care models programme.
PATIENT SAFETY: Thousands of patients at a specialist acute trust have been denied follow-up appointments while hundreds more have been left waiting for treatment, HSJ has learned.
PERFORMANCE: Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group has become the first CCG placed in special measures by NHS England.
PERFORMANCE: A “pressurised” culture at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Trust led to a situation where staff felt “there was no option of failure”, an independent review has concluded.
WORKFORCE: Caron Morton has resigned as accountable officer of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
WORKFORCE: The chief executive of The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation Trust has resigned with immediate effect.
Private hospitals could see a steep cut in their income from NHS funded services under draft prices proposed for 2016-17, Monitor has warned.