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Leak reveals hour-long ambulance delays have quadrupled in 12 months

Ambulance handover delays lasting more than 60 minutes have quadrupled compared to this time last year, according to internal NHS data.

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‘Climate of fear’ faces staff who voice bullying concerns at major trust

A major trust’s Freedom To Speak Up Guardian has warned that a failure to address employees’ concerns about alleged bullying and long-standing ‘dysfunctional behaviours’ is damaging confidence and resulting in the loss of high-quality staff.

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Former trust CEO and medical director face misconduct charges over surgery scandal

The former chief executive and medical director of a major NHS trust are facing misconduct charges over an alleged failure to protect breast patients from disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson.

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Trusts rubbish accuracy of ‘vital’ covid vaccination figures

Multiple trusts have disputed the accuracy of the first published provider-level data on NHS staff covid vaccine uptake, which is described as ‘vital’ and ‘highly important’ by the UK Health Security Agency.

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Hospital trust loses ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ ratings amid ED pressures

One of the largest hospital trusts has been downgraded from ‘good’ to ‘requires improvement’ after the Care Quality Commission found emergency department staff felt ‘pressured’ by leaders to re-introduce ‘corridor care’.

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Trust chief cleared by ‘fit and proper person review’

The chief executive of a major acute trust has been cleared by a fit and proper person review, HSJ has learned.

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Trust criticised for ‘unreasonable conduct’ in tribunal process

One of the largest trusts in the country has been criticised for its ‘unreasonable conduct’ in failing to disclose key documents to an employment tribunal.

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Trust CEO to be given warning by GMC

The chief executive of one of England’s largest hospital trusts will be handed a warning by the General Medical Council for a ‘significant departure from medical practice’, after a hearing on Thursday.

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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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Joint chair hired for two trusts with £2bn+ turnover

A joint chair has been appointed for two large hospitals trusts.

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Major trust CEO to face GMC panel

The chief executive of one of England’s largest acute trusts is to appear before a General Medical Council investigation committee, after being accused of providing misleading and inaccurate information to the regulator.

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Two-year waiters for elective care up by half to just under 4,000

The number of patients waiting more than two years for elective care has grown by nearly half in the space of one month, HSJ analysis can reveal.

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Ambulance trust reveals patient’s death amid handover delays row

An ambulance trust has highlighted the death of a woman which it says was due to “being delayed on the back of an ambulance”, just two days after it warned that lives were ‘at risk’ from long handovers.

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Deaths of covid hospital patients hit record low

The deaths of covid positive patients in English hospitals has hit a record low.

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Trust ordered to pay £20,000 in case where there were ‘significant issues’ with CEO’s evidence

A major acute trust has been ordered to pay £20,000 in costs amid a long-running employment dispute with a whistleblower.

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Recovery Watch: Analysing the elective challenge at ICS level

Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress.

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Government drops plans for 24/7 covid vaccination service

Ministers have dropped plans to launch a 24-hour coronavirus vaccination service after two hospital trusts piloted the scheme earlier this year.

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Exclusive: Consultant ‘cliques’ and ‘unacceptable behaviours’ put patients at risk

Deep-rooted relationship problems between consultants in a major trust’s neurosurgery department distracted from patient care, according to a review leaked to HSJ.

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NHSE orders trusts to meet government commitment on free parking

NHS England has reiterated to trusts they must permanently offer free car parking to night shift staff and some patient groups from next month, amid concerns some will fail to meet government commitments.