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CEO quits trust accused of ‘witch hunt’

The chief executive at Matt Hancock’s local troubled trust, where leaders have been accused of bullying staff during a ‘witch hunt’ for a whistleblower, is to leave the post, HSJ can reveal.

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The trusts with the most patients waiting over 18 months

The trusts with the biggest share of their waiting list at more than 18 months and two years has been revealed for the first time.

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Nearly half of eye patients at Hancock’s local trust waiting more than a year

The East of England has been revealed as the worst-performing region for long ophthalmology waits, with almost half the waiting list at one acute trust already breaching the 52-week milestone.

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Just one trust has applied to take its buildings back from centre

A government policy designed to let trusts take ownership of the buildings in which they provide services has been largely ignored, says the CEO of the NHS property quango.

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Hospital forced to evacuate ICU because roof could collapse

A hospital was forced to evacuate and then close its critical care unit for around three weeks last month because of concerns its roof could collapse.

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Bullying probe at Hancock’s local trust due ‘in spring’

A long-delayed review into West Suffolk Foundation Trust board members’ alleged bullying of whistleblowers is now due to be published ‘by the spring’, senior figures familiar with the process have told HSJ.

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Third of region’s ICUs exceed ‘maximum safe capacity’

More than a third of critical care units in the East of England are either at or have exceeded their maximum surge capacity, information leaked to HSJ reveals, and all but one are above their normal capacity.

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Revealed: 13 trusts facing ‘significant safety issues’

Thirteen trusts are facing billions of pounds of maintenance — in some cases, making it more cost-effective to rebuild the hospital — over ‘significant safety issues’ stemming from outdated construction methods.

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Revealed: The trusts which will struggle most to deliver quality care in 2020

The trusts which are likely to face the fiercest struggle to deliver quality care in the immediate future have been identified through an analysis carried out exclusively for HSJ.

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NHSE told to set new A&E ‘maximum time to assessment’ target

Analysis carried out for NHS England’s review of NHS targets has proposed it set a “maximum time-to-assessment target… for all those attending [accident and emergency departments]”.

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Trust stripped of ‘outstanding’ rating amid culture concerns

A trust battling allegations it led a “witch-hunt” to try and identify a whistleblower has today been stripped of its “outstanding” rating by the Care Quality Commission.

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Ministers order probe into trust’s alleged ‘witch-hunt’ of whistleblower

NHS national bosses have been ordered by ministers to launch a “rapid and independent” review into a trust amid concerns over how it handled an alleged “witch-hunt” for a whistleblower.

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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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Sir Bruce Keogh joins messaging app company

Former NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh has been hired to advise the health tech company trying to sell an alternative to WhatsApp to the NHS.

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Performance Watch: Lessons from the trial of new A&E targets

Performance Watch is HSJ’s fortnightly expert briefing on the most pressing performance matters troubling system leaders. Contact me in confidence here.

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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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Fourteen trusts to be excused from reporting A&E target during controversial trial

Fresh concerns have been raised about how NHS England is conducting its controversial pilot of new accident and emergency standards.

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ICS appoints CCG chief as new lead

Suffolk and North East Essex shadow integrated care system has appointed senior local commissioning leader Ed Garratt as its executive lead.

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Trusts invited to increase ownership of their estate

Trusts have been invited to apply for ownership of buildings on their estate which are currently owned by NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships.

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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.