Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Exclusive: New areas see rapidly rising covid pressure on hospitals

Covid demand on hospitals is now rising rapidly in parts of England so far spared the worst of wave two, analysis of new figures reveals.

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Fifty people each day catching covid in region’s hospitals

The North West region is now seeing around 50 new cases of coronavirus per day that are likely to have been caught in hospital by patients being treated for other conditions.

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Overcrowded A&Es ‘much more dangerous now because of covid’

Emergency departments across England are suffering ‘dangerous’ overcrowding comparable with pre-covid levels - and are struggling to maintain social distancing.

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Trusts end Lorenzo use after failed national IT programme

An acute trust in Yorkshire has become the first of its cohort to fully replace its electronic patient record installed under the much-criticised National Programme for IT, with another trust set to follow suit.

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Scent of a scandal

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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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North by North West: Struggling to adapt

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FT seeks merger to avoid ‘patient safety risks’

A mental health trust is preparing to seek a merger or acquisition by another provider in a bid to address its financial challenges, HSJ has learned.

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FT to divest under-pressure prison contracts

An NHS trust has told staff it will cease serving five prisons in the north west, amid wider concerns about the state of healthcare services for inmates.

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NHS legal threat scuppers private firm’s £25m deal

A procurement process which named a private provider as the preferred bidder for contracts worth £25m has been abandoned, after NHS trusts threatened legal action.

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Long-serving CEO switches to teaching hospital

A long-serving chief executive in the north west has been appointed to run a teaching hospital and health economy in Yorkshire, HSJ has learned.

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FTs discuss potential merger

Two providers in the north west have begun talks about merging, amid wider plans to improve integration across services.

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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: Tens of thousands of junior doctors working beyond contract

Junior doctors have worked beyond their contracted terms and conditions more than 63,000 times since 2015, resulting in fines worth more than £250,000, HSJ can reveal today.

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Sexual discrimination claim against female leaders dropped

An ex-NHS director who accused senior female leaders of sexual discrimination has dropped his claims, according to his former employer.

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Former NHS director accuses female leaders of sexual discrimination

A former NHS director has accused senior female leaders at his old trust of sexual discrimination after he was found guilty of gross misconduct for agreeing an “irregular” pay off for a Morecambe Bay midwife.

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Revealed: The slowest invoice payers in the NHS

A third of acute trusts routinely break the law by paying their suppliers late, HSJ can reveal.

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North by North West: What went wrong in Warrington?

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Under pressure CCG chair resigns

The under pressure chair of Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group has resigned – due to his role with an online GP provider which is set to work with NHS patients.

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GPs say they have 'lost all confidence' in CCG leadership

More than half the GP practices in Warrington have told the local clinical commissioning group they have “lost all confidence” in its leadership, HSJ has learnt.