NHS North East

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Five CCGs plan merger to cut running costs

Five clinical commissioning groups in the north east of England are considering mergers to cut running costs, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: Acute trusts in talks over possible merger

Two acute trusts in the north east are exploring a possible merger as part of major changes to the region’s acute services, HSJ has learned.

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FT outsources more than 100 patients to private sector for chemotherapy

A foundation trust is outsourcing more than 100 patients to a private facility for chemotherapy.

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Fired trust chief exec withdraws unfair dismissal claim

A sacked trust chief executive has withdrawn his unfair dismissal claim against his former employer.

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North East trust retains outstanding rating

One of the largest hospitals in the country has successfully retained its outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, increasing the number of services given the top score.

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Exclusive: NHS trusts dismiss Brexit impact on staff retention

NHS trusts are not expecting disruption to services caused by EU staff leaving because of Brexit, according to analysis by HSJ.

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Brexit: Trust can operate for 'four days' under food shortage contingency plans

A mental health trust has said it can “operate for four days” by increasing its stock of frozen food and replacing hot meals for patients with cold meals, in the event of food shortages caused by a no-deal Brexit.

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Revealed: The winners and losers of government's £2.9bn capital pot

Two out of three requests from NHS trusts for capital investment have so far been rejected under the government’s new funding regime, analysis by HSJ suggests.

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Trust offering new CEO at least £62,500 less than predecessor

A foundation trust is proposing to pay its new chief executive at least £62,500 less than its previous CEO following discussions with NHS Improvement.

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Exclusive: Patients' body parts were stored dangerously for six months

Human body parts from NHS patients have been stored in unrefrigerated units for more than six months resulting in a smell of “decaying flesh” at a scandal hit waste management company, according to Environment Agency documents seen by HSJ.

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Some DGH chiefs paid more than CEOs at largest trusts

Fifteen trust chief executives were paid at yearly rates of more than £250,000 last year, including several in the north east running district general hospitals, according to HSJ analysis.

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Revealed: The NHS contingency plans for clinical waste disposal

NHS Improvement has hired consultants from Mott Macdonald to help NHS trusts and primary care staff whose facilities have lost their clinical waste disposal provider, HSJ has learned.

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Exclusive: Major incident as hospital waste collections halted

More than 20 NHS trusts must store clinical waste, including human remains, at their premises for up to a fortnight after their scandal-hit contractor stopped collecting waste last week, prompting a major incident.

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Revealed: The winners from £1bn government capital fund

The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed the trusts and partnerships which will receive capital funding worth around £900m for building developments.

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Sacked trust chief executive lodges appeal

A chief executive sacked in September has lodged an appeal against his dismissal.

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Interim CEO takes over at North East FT

North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust has appointed Julie Gillon, former chief operating officer and interim CEO, as its substantive chief executive.

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Teaching trust will pay for EU staff to seek 'settled status'

A large hospitals trust has said it will pay the cost for hundreds of its EU staff to apply for settled status to live in the UK after Brexit.

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Majority of pathology networks yet to agree new model

More than half of the 29 proposed pathology networks comprising acute and specialist NHS trusts have yet to agree on a model to reconfigure their laboratory services, eight months after the initial deadline passed.

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Hospital chief exec fired after 12 years in post

A long serving hospital chief executive has been dismissed following a disciplinary hearing, HSJ has learned.

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NHS wins landmark legal battle against drug companies

The NHS has today won a landmark legal battle against two international pharmaceutical giants which could save the health service hundreds of millions of pounds a year.