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Top teaching hospital suspends cancer surgery

A large trust in the West Midlands has told patients it is suspending non-urgent cancer surgery, HSJ has learned.

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Acute trust to close smaller A&E during covid-19 crisis

An acute trust in Lancashire will temporarily close one of its emergency departments, with staff sent to bolster the workforce at its main hospital during the covid-19 outbreak.

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Eleven trusts renew £1.5bn court battle with their local councils

Eleven hospital trusts are continuing a High Court action against their local authorities, by seeking to appeal a previous ruling that denied them an estimated £1.5bn in backdated business rates.

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Revealed: The trusts which will struggle most to deliver quality care in 2020

The trusts which are likely to face the fiercest struggle to deliver quality care in the immediate future have been identified through an analysis carried out exclusively for HSJ.

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Paterson inquiry calls for new public database of consultants

A single database publicising consultants’ practising privileges and performance is among the recommendations from the inquiry into the rogue surgeon Ian Paterson.

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Babylon and NHS trust reveal ‘digital-first integrated care’ deal

Babylon has announced major plans to partner with a Midlands trust and launch “digital-first integrated care” across the region.

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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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HSJ’s 10 most read technology stories of 2019

With 2019 down to its final days, it’s time to take a look back at HSJ’s most read technology stories of the year.

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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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Hancock pressed to decide on capital schemes before election cut off

Two former ministers and one of the Conservative party’s most influential MPs have pressed the government for clarity on funding ahead of the upcoming dissolution of Parliament.

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Revealed: The 20 capital projects promised by the PM

The government has unveiled a list of 20 new capital investment projects worth a total of £853m.

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The impact of networks in supporting primary care

To bridge the divide between primary and secondary care, a CCG has rolled out a new advice and guidance service that gives GPs access to a national network of consultants, reports Claire Read

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Teaching trust launches first-of-its-kind degree for new NHS role

A university and a teaching trust have launched a degree designed to train people for a new digital healthcare scientist role within the NHS.

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Trust's plans to takeover city's primary care 'truly frightening'

The chief executive of the teaching trust serving the UK’s second city has declared it must drive the integration of primary and secondary care to prevent waiting lists returning to 1990 levels and specialist services being “crowded out” by emergency demand – sparking a furious reaction from local GPs.

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The Download: Why Babylon in Birmingham matters

The fortnightly newsletter that unpacks system leaders’ priorities for digital technology and the impact they are having on delivering health services. Contact Ben Heather in confidence here.

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Major trust opens talks with Babylon, claiming GPs unable to stem demand

One of the country’s biggest hospital trusts has entered talks with digital health company Babylon Healthcare after concluding local GPs were unable to support its “painful” transformation efforts, HSJ can reveal.

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NHSE regional director shifts to trust

NHS England’s medical director for the West Midlands has left to take up a role at a hospital trust.

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Exclusive: NHS trusts dismiss Brexit impact on staff retention

NHS trusts are not expecting disruption to services caused by EU staff leaving because of Brexit, according to analysis by HSJ.

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Revealed: The trusts where A&E has slipped most

Waiting time performance for major emergency admissions at one London trust has deteriorated by 29 percentage points in the last two years, HSJ can reveal.

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Exclusive: Hospitals to miss flagship winter target

Hospitals were on course to miss a flagship target to free up 4,000 beds, information obtained by HSJ suggests.