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Trusts spending £1m+ a year on settlement deals with gagging clauses

Trusts are still spending at least £1m a year on settlement agreements with staff containing ‘gagging clauses’, despite a crackdown on these conditions in recent years, HSJ research reveals.


Trusts receive half of funding for ‘essential’ maternity improvements

Trusts have so far received just over half of the £102m they said was needed for ‘immediate and essential’ improvements in maternity services.

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Trust lost more than £360k over cancelled music festival

An NHS trust lost more than £360,000 after a music festival organised through a company owned by the trust was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

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Revealed: NHS England and Improvement’s £30.8m redundancy bill

NHS England and NHS Improvement spent £30.8m on compulsory redundancies during the two-year period in which they effectively merged, and made six-figure exit payments to five directors, accounts show.

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NHS England appoints new national A&E lead

NHS England and Improvement has appointed Dan Boden as interim national clinical director for urgent and emergency care following the death of Cliff Mann.

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NHS England told to cancel ‘tone-deaf’ fines on elective performance

NHS England has been criticised for its ‘tone-deaf’ attempts to maintain financial incentives on elective care, even as the service deals with extreme pressures from coronavirus.

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HSJ’s 10 most read finance and efficiency stories of 2020

With 2020 down to its final days, it’s time to take a look back at HSJ’s most read finance and efficiency stories of the year.

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Two Midlands trusts curb electives as covid patients rise

Two major Midlands trusts have begun cancelling planned care, including cancer surgeries, with one seeing its number of covid patients reach levels seen during April.

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Teaching trust reopens five years of accounts after £50m ‘discrepancy’

A teaching trust has had to adjust five years’ worth of financial accounts after an error which meant one of its hospitals was undervalued by £50m.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: People & Organisational Development Initiative of the Year

The Cultural Ambassador programme was an opportunity to make a difference and challenge any unconscious bias and discrimination that may occur for those black, Asian and minority ethnic employees entering or during formal HR processes.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Respiratory Care Initiative of the Year

The ImpACT+ service is delivered by a team of respiratory consultants, specialist respiratory nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists along with admin and clinical support staff.

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Raft of covid service changes not being reversed

Significant changes to a range of services, including A&E, stroke and maternity, made amid the covid-19 crisis are set to remain into next year, an HSJ analysis of key projects has found.

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Unpublished report reveals ‘exit block’ turned A&E into ‘a ward’

Previously unpublished reports newly obtained by HSJ reveal issues including a “significant safety risk”, warring surgeons, and patients suffering sight loss due to delays and missed diagnoses.

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£1.4bn procurement launched for community and discharge services

NHS trusts in Yorkshire and the Midlands have signalled a need for external help for discharge and community services through a new £1.4bn procurement framework, amid the health service’s response to covid-19.


Hospital deaths falling at fastest rate yet

Deaths from covid-19 in England’s hospitals are declining at the fastest rate yet, as the whole South West region sees one death in seven days.

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Trust contacts 136 women after review finds ‘unnecessary harm’

An acute trust in the Midlands has contacted 136 women who received major treatment from a gynaecology consultant, after initial investigations revealed “unnecessary harm” to several patients.

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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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Only six of 200 NHS private units signed up to complaints watchdog

Just six of the NHS’ more than 200 private patient units are signed up to the independent complaints adjudicator, HSJ has learned.

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Neighbouring FTs miss financial plan by £24m

Two acute trusts in Derbyshire have fallen £24m behind their financial “control totals” and admitted they will miss their year-end plans.


Trust’s ambulance crews lose 18 months waiting at hospitals

Ambulance crews in the East Midlands spent a cumulative total of almost 18 months waiting at hospitals in the region in December, despite a variety of actions to mitigate winter pressures.