University Hospitals Of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

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North by North West: The long and slow decline

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England. Contact me in confidence here.

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Exclusive: Patients harmed amid ‘internecine squabbles’ and cover-up claims

Several patients were harmed after acute trust leaders failed to act on multiple concerns being raised about a surgeon, documents obtained by HSJ suggest.

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New site for pathology hub as PwC criticise ‘crude’ selection process

A new location has been chosen to create a centralised hub for pathology services in Lancashire, after a consultancy firm criticised a ‘ crude’ process in which another site was previously identified.

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Covid hospital deaths climb steeply in the North West, but plateau elsewhere

The number of coronavirus deaths in North West hospitals has started to climb steeply, following weeks of high infection rates in the community.

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Trust director quits for STP role

A trust finance chief in Lancashire has resigned to take up a senior role for a sustainability and transformation partnership.

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Investigation launched into 'inappropriate behaviour' by trust security staff

An investigation has been launched into three incidents at a North West acute trust involving security staff and alleged “inappropriate behaviour” towards vulnerable patients.

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Coastal trust to be ‘twinned’ with high performing US hospital

A hospital trust in the North West is set to be ‘twinned’ with a US hospital as part of a programme it believes will improve staff retention and care quality.

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Inquiry lead: Royal colleges should be more open on care reviews

The leader of the Morecambe Bay inquiry has spoken of his disappointment that some of the recommendations have not led to changes, and said royal colleges could inform regulators when they are commissioned to carry out care quality reviews.

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The Ward Round: The domino effect

Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, will make sure you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping ...

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Ex-regulator chief returns from Qatar to lead integrated care system

The former chief executive of the Trust Development Authority has been appointed to chair an integrated care system in the North West.

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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

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Scent of a scandal

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. Contact me in confidence here.

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Exclusive: Trusts set to be let off £10bn debt

NHS providers that owe the government a combined £10bn would see the debts converted into a form of investment that does not have to be repaid, under plans being discussed by national leaders.

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Regulator misled health secretary over safety scandal

The Nursing and Midwifery Council misled former health secretary Jeremy Hunt over its handling of fitness to practise cases linked to the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal, an independent report has said.

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‘High risk’ estates maintenance cost continues to spiral

The cost of fixing NHS buildings to avoid serious injuries to patients and major disruption to clinical services continues to rise and outstrip the NHS’ investment in estates maintenance, new figures reveal.

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Staff engagement: a fundamental shift starts with a bungee jump

Despite the NHS staff surveys revealing a range of issues that need to be tackled, staff typically say that nothing happens to fix them. A shift of consciousness amongst leaders is needed to help build the belief that things can be different. By Hannah Forbes

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North by North West: Why Liverpool missed out

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. Contact me in confidence here.

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What about the patient?: Jessie Cunnett

This week: Jessie Cunnett, head of public support, Nursing and Midwifery Council

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Mapped: The hospital builds in PM’s pledge

The trusts which will benefit from a share of £2.7bn to rebuild hospitals, or £100m to develop business cases for future schemes, announced by the prime minister today.