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STP chiefs push for extension of private hospital contract

System leaders in Devon say they need the nationally-agreed contract with private healthcare providers to remain in place until the end of this financial year amid efforts to restore elective services.

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Angry trust chiefs rail against ‘reprehensible’ TV provider

Three NHS trust chief executives have heavily criticised communications provider Hospedia for continuing to charge for patient access to television during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Exclusive: Trust warned of ‘worst case’ 13-fold rise in critical care patients

Devon’s largest acute provider has been told to prepare for a 13-fold rise in critical care patients in the next three months under a worst case scenario, HSJ has learned.

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Single trust reports 21 new coronavirus deaths

There have been 83 deaths reported from covid-19 in England over the past 24 hours with nearly a quarter of them in a single London trust.

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Director makes cash plea over ‘inequitable’ service

A director of maternity services at a financially struggling trust have issued a plea to their board for investment amid reports their department is losing patients and staff due to inequitable service provision.

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Delayed care or missed follow-ups behind most ophthalmology claims

More than half the compensation claims in ophthalmology relate to late treatment or missed follow-ups, new data reveals.

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STP’s acute trusts split over major IT investment

Two of a sustainability and transformation partnership’s four acute trusts are yet to commit to rolling out a shared electronic record system, despite being asked to by NHS Improvement.

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Acute trust admits £20m financial plan miss

An acute trust has increased its forecast deficit by around £20m, amid a worsening of its county’s overall finances.

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‘Concern’ over Cornish patients’ long journeys for cardiology treatment

A commissioner’s elective lead has raised concerns about the distance cardiology patients face travelling for treatment.

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Former success regime CCG’s finances plummet

One of England’s largest clinical commissioning groups has increased its planned deficit by nearly £40m.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

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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.

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Spiralling child waiting list forces CCG to take action

Record numbers of children waiting to be assessed for autism in Devon have forced the local CCG to seek an additional provider to try and tackle the backlog of approximately 1,800.

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Two STPs launch joint acute services review

Two health economies will team up to reconfigure acute services which could result in shared services, separation of urgent and elective work, and staff sharing schemes.

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Plans to trial sepsis target could be dropped

Plans to trial a new standalone one-hour sepsis target for emergency departments as part of the NHS standards review pilot could be dropped, HSJ  understands.

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Coroner demands action over radiology and discharge failings after patient death

An elderly patient died after clinicians missed his haemorrhage and discharged him improperly to a community hospital where there was no medical cover, prompting concerns from a coroner.

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A dementia assessment app enabling rapid diagnosis

NeuroCoRe’s ACEmobile Dementia Assessment App supports non-specialist staff to reliably assess cognitive impairment and won the 2018 HSJ Awards for Using Technology to Improve Efficiency. Emma Dent reports

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Revealed: The trusts testing the new A&E targets

NHS England has selected 14 hospital trusts to test new accident and emergency standards which could replace the four-hour target.

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Largest deficit CCG breaks even for first time ahead of merger

England’s most cash-strapped clinical commissioning group is set to break-even financially for the first time in its history.

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Revealed: The trusts failing to meet national efficiency targets

NHS trusts continue to miss targets aimed at helping hospitals spend millions of pounds more effectively, HSJ can reveal.